Double parking could soon become legal under a bold new plan by the Woollahra Council.

In the first phase of its 6-month trial, the council has installed 8 new parking meters, catering specifically for double parking.

“Sydney’s population explosion has made parking increasingly difficult,” says Woollahra Council Mayor Rob Doyle. “We want to give drivers more options.”

The trial is set to commence in Double Bay, where the council says double parking is already a popular option, even though its currently illegal.

“We understand, sometimes people just need to run in quickly to pick up dry cleaning, or grab a takeaway meal,” says Rob Doyle. “We want to make that possible.”

The council says double parking will be restricted to 10 minute stays, and meter rates will be 15% higher than conventional metered car spaces.

“Yes, it’ll be more expensive, but we believe the demand is there,” says Doyle.

It’s understood the new meters will be installed in such a way that no cars are obstructed when entering or exiting a parking space.

If successful, the trial is expected to spread to other suburbs in Sydney’s east.

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