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Parking rules

It’s important to understand the meaning of parking signs. This will ensure that parking restrictions have their intended benefits, and that you’re not fined for parking illegally.

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Time-restricted parking

The number to the left of the ‘P’ indicates how long you’re allowed to park in an area continuously. The sign may also have times of operation, meaning that restrictions only apply during that time.

For example, a sign that displays ‘2P, 8am-6pm Monday to Friday’ means that you can park for no longer than two hours between 8am and 6pm on Monday to Friday. Outside of these periods, you can park for longer.

Obstructing your driveway

The Road Safety Road Rules 2017 state:

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 –

  1. is dropping off or picking up passengers, and
  2. does not leave the vehicle unattended, and
  3. completes the dropping off, or picking up, of the passengers, and drives on, as soon as possible, 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 breaching the road rules:

We can’t issue an infringement to the green car which is parked at the edge of the driveway, even though we acknowledge that it may make it harder to use your driveway.

Disabled parking

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 spaces give disabled persons easier access to important facilities such as shops and medical centres.

No stopping

No stopping areas must be kept clear at all times. You must not stop in an area with a no stopping sign, even if you’re just dropping someone off, and even if you keep the engine running and stay in the car.

No parking

Parking restrictions typically exist around schools, train stations and locations with a high demand for dropping off and picking up of passengers.

You must not stop in an area with a no parking sign, unless you’re dropping off or picking up passengers or goods.

You can’t leave the vehicle unattended unless you’re within three metres of the vehicle, and you must move on within two minutes after stopping.

Permit zone

You can only use permit zones if you display a valid permit issued by the relevant authority, usually commonly your local council.

Loading zone

Unless other limits are specified, loading zones are only for goods vehicles with a ‘G’ code included on their registration labels, signed delivery and courier vehicles, trucks, and public passenger vehicles or taxis.

Yellow edge lines

You must not stop along an edge of the road that has a continuous yellow line. This has the same meaning as a ‘No stopping’ zone.

Bus stops

Unless there is a sign which permits parking, you must not stop at a bus stop. This rule applies within 20 metres before a bus sign and within 10 metres after the sign.

Tram stops

Unless there is a sign which permits parking, you must not stop or park within 20 metres of a tram stop.

Ticket machine parking

Council has ticket machines around Caulfield Station.  Parking costs $2.20 for the first 2 hours and $5.90 for all day parking. The restrictions are from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday except for Sir John Monash Drive where parking is from 9am to 4pm due to the clearway.

Council does not charge for parking on Public Holidays or weekends.



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