A Daley Labor government would crack down on the plague of abandoned shopping trolleys across communities across NSW.
NSW Labor will empower councils to immediately impound shopping trolleys that are causing an obstruction or safety risk.
It will also put the onus back on trolley owners and require the supermarkets to remove shopping trolleys that are causing a safety risk within three hours of being notified.
NSW Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Jodi McKay and NSW Shadow Minister for Local Government and Communities Peter Primrose announced the policy today.
If the owner fails to do so they will have been deemed to have broken the Impounding Act 1993.
A Daley Labor Government will also increase the maximum penalties for owners who have abandoned their shopping trolleys from five penalty units ($550) to twenty five penalty units ($2750) in line with current legislation on share bikes.
Ms McKay said the plague of abandoned shopping trolleys across many NSW communities was a safety hazard, eyesore and was bad for the environment.
Ms McKay said that abandoned shopping trolleys were a particular hazard in built up areas, particularly for parents with prams and for people with a disability.
Mr Primrose said local councils, particularly those with jurisdiction over dense urban areas, had been crying out for more powers to deal with the abandoned shopping trolley plague.
This legislation will enable affected councils to ‘opt in’ to use the powers and then ‘opt out’ once the problems are resolved, hopefully through agreement with local shopping centres and supermarkets.
Quotes attributable to NSW Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Jodi McKay
“The plague of abandoned shopping trolleys across Sydney, particularly in dense residential areas, has become a massive nuisance and hazard.
“Not only are abandoned shopping trolleys an eyesore and bad for our environment, they are a real safety hazard, particularly for parents with prams and for people with a disability.”
Quotes attributable to NSW Shadow Minister for Local Government and Communities Peter Primrose
“A Daley Labor Government will give local councils the power to actually deal with this shopping trolley plague, which is what many communities across NSW have called for repeatedly.
“Labor’s proposal gives local councils real power to enforce the law and make sure owners of shopping trolleys that don’t comply are held accountable.
“We genuinely hope these powers will never be used and trust those few supermarkets causing problems will start acting as good citizens.”