Palaszczuk Government prevents private parking rip-offs
14 February 2023
The Palaszczuk Government is closing a loophole that allows the release of vehicle registration information to private parking operators and their legal representatives.
The closure will start from Monday, February 20, following a series of complaints to the office of the Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.
The existing regulations have allowed, in good faith, private parking operators to access registration information, including names and addresses, when it was considered to be the first step of litigation.
The Transport and Main Roads Department commenced a review of this issue, and early findings identified the potential misuse of information by private carpark operators, including the referral of unpaid demand notices to debt collectors.
The closure will put a halt to the issuing of fake fines by private parking operators.
This will enable a thorough review of the registration regulation, including consultation with the intention of progressing amendments later in 2023 to restrict information releases through legislation.