After the police issued a fine for leaving their car window open, even though it was parked at home, a family in Sydney’s south was left fuming.
Some would agree that when parking in public, leaving the car open is asking someone to break in and steal something, but the car was parked directly outside the Caringbah South home of the family.
In reality, when the police swooped, Richelle Amey ‘s husband was just metres away, doing gardening in the front yard.
“The car was in view of my husband. We didn’t go out and leave it unattended, it was literally in front of him,” Ms Amey said.
Police gave Ms Amey’s husband a $112 fine for leaving the car unsecured, despite the car being in front of the family home and in view of the driver.
According to NSW Road Rule 213, Subsection 5, all windows must be secured and all doors locked if the driver is more than three metres from the vehicle and no one is inside.
The exception to the rule makes it possible to open a crack no more than two centimetres from the window.