What are the rules for parking?
When parking your vehicle it is important to understand the meaning of the various signs and markings that may be encountered. This is to ensure that:
- safety is not compromised;
- parking restrictions provide the intended benefits; and
- you don’t receive a fine for parking inappropriately.
Some of the most common rules which must be followed are detailed below.
Time restricted parking
A number immediately to the left of the letter ‘P’ indicates that a driver must not park on the length of road, or in the area, continuously for longer than the period of hours shown.
Where there are times of operation on the sign, the sign only applies at those times.
For example, the sign on the left means that you can park for no longer than two hours between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of these periods, you can park for longer than two hours.
Obstructing your driveway
The Road Safety Road Rules 2017 states:
A driver must not stop on or across a driveway or other way of access for vehicles travelling to or from adjacent land unless –
(a) the driver –
- is dropping off, or picking up, passengers; and
- does not leave the vehicle unattended; and
- completes the dropping off, or picking up, of the passengers, and drives on, as soon as possible and, in any case, within 2 minutes after stopping; or
(b) the driver stops in a parking bay and the driver is permitted to stop in the parking bay under these Rules.
Example — blocking a driveway
In the example, the vehicle marked with an "X" is stopped in contravention of the Road Rule:
Council cannot issue an infringement to a vehicle that is parked at the edge of your driveway (green car). It is acknowledged that cars parked in this location are inconvenient and may make it harder to enter/exit your driveway however it is not an offence under the Road Rules and no infringement can be issued.
You must not park in spaces which have a disabled parking sign or painted symbol on the ground unless you have a valid disabled parking permit.
These parking spaces allow disabled persons to gain easier access to shopping centres, medical centres and other important facilities.
A driver must not stop on a length of road or in an area to which a no stopping sign applies, even if you are only letting someone out of the car and regardless of whether you leave the engine running and stay in the car.
These signs are installed throughout the municipality to improve safety, especially in areas of high traffic and in locations where sight lines and visibility is limited.
No stopping areas must be kept clear at all times.
A driver must not stop on a length of road or in an area to which a no parking sign applies, unless the driver is dropping off or picking up, passengers or goods.
The driver cannot leave the vehicle unattended unless the driver is within three metres of the vehicle and must move on within two minutes after stopping.
These restrictions are typically used around schools, train stations and other locations where the demand for dropping off and picking up of passengers are high.
These parking spaces can only be used by those displaying a valid permit issued by the relevant authority (commonly the local council).
Unless another limit is specified, a loading zone is only for goods carrying vehicles with a ‘G’ code included on their registration labels; signed delivery and courier vehicles; trucks while dropping off/picking up goods; and public passenger vehicles or taxis that are dropping off/picking up passengers (30 minute limit or as shown on the sign).
No stopping on a road with a yellow edge line
A driver must not stop along an edge of the road where there is a continuous yellow line painted.
A continuous yellow line marked on the edge of the road has the same meaning as a ‘No stopping’ zone.
Stopping at or near a bus stop
A driver (except the driver of a public bus) must not stop at a bus stop or on the road, within 20 metres before a sign on the road that indicates the bus stop and within 10 metres after the sign, unless the driver stops at a place on a length of road or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these rules.
It is important to know this rule because often there are no ‘No stopping’ signs near bus stops letting you know how far to park away from the bus stop flag.
Stopping at or near a tram stop
Unless there is a sign which permits parking, a driver must not stop or park within 20 metres of a tram stop.