Mosman Council's parking sign plan gets first green light

11 November 2014

Mosman Council’s proposal to simplify parking signs using a bold “time block” model is set to be put to Roads and Maritime Services for consideration after Local Government NSW (LGNSW) passed the Council’s submission.

The idea aims to improve visual amenity and reduce confusion for motorists using simple visuals with red blocks of colour indicating restricted periods and green for non-restricted times.

The Council’s submission to last month’s Local Government NSW annual conference has since been discussed at the association’s state board meeting where it was met with approval.

“While this proposal is a major change to the status quo and any decision to introduce it will rest with RMS, it is a heartening first step,” Mosman Mayor Cr Peter Abelson said.

“If supported, the signs would probably need to be introduced on a staged basis across NSW over time.

“Mosman could be considered as a pilot area for any planned trial by RMS and would be ideal given its geographic location.”

Cr Abelson said the measure would reduce confusion for motorists, particularly in busy metropolitan areas.

“Parking signs are often ugly, complicated and difficult to understand with multiple instructions for different parts of the day or week,” he said.

“This proposal uses an elegant visual display which would reduce confusion for motorists as well as visual clutter and is a more pleasant design than the current mĂ©lange found in many metropolitan areas.”

The concept is similar to a proposal put forward by a New York-based designer (details at http://toparkornottopark.com/about).