Parking Frequently Asked Questions

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Q&A on common parking offences

We have prepared answers to common parking compliance questions along with other useful information.

Can I use my purchased ticket in all paid parking locations within the CBD?

You are required to purchase and display a ticket from the nearest ticket machine.  Tickets are not transferable between parking zones.   When your vehicle is required to be moved from one parking zone to different zone, the ticket from the previous zone (even if not expired) cannot be used in the new zone, instead a new ticket would need to be purchased from the nearest machine and displayed.

 

What is Permissive Parking?

Meaning of certain information on or with Permissive Parking signs

A driver may park a vehicle for the period indicated on a permissive parking sign.  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 number of hours shown.

A number together with the word minute, immediately to the right 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 number of minutes shown.  If a vehicle is parked for longer than the time indicated a Parking Penalty Notice may be issued.

Exceeding Time

Vehicles suspected of being parked in a ticket or permissive parking area may be issued with a Parking Penalty Notice for exceeding time.

Can I park in a No Stopping?

No Stopping signs

A driver must not stop on a length of road or in an area to which a No Stopping sign applies.  If a vehicle stops between signs No Stopping or upon a continuous yellow line edge, a Penalty Notice may be issued.

What does a road with a yellow edge line mean?

A driver must not stop at the side of a road marked with a continuous yellow edge line.

How long can I Stop in a No Parking?

No parking signs

In accordance with the Australian Road Rules, the driver of a vehicle parked in a No Parking zone must be within 3 metres of the vehicle and must not exceed a stay of 2 minutes.

What are rules in a Loading Zone?

Stopping in a loading zone

Under NSW Road Rule No. 179 a driver must not stop in a loading zone unless the driver is driving:

  • A public bus that is dropping off or picking up passengers; or
  • A truck that is dropping off or picking up goods.

A public bus is a vehicle that can seat more than 8 adults and is used commercially. This does not include private people-mover type vehicles.The above Rule also allows a driver of a vehicle to stop in a loading zone:

  • When dropping off or picking up passengers.
  • If the vehicle is a station wagon or 3-wheeled bike that has been built to carry goods. These vehicles can park up to 15 minutes while the driver drops off or picks up goods.
  • If the vehicle has been built to carry goods. These vehicles, generally trucks, can park up to 30 minutes while the driver drops off or picks up goods.
  • Council has the authority to stipulate the amount of  time a vehicle may park in a loading zone these times are enforceable.

These rules and time limits also apply to tradesperson's vehicles that satisfy loading zone criteria.

RMS Loading Zone guidelines

 Vehicle Shapes code guide

 

What is a station wagon?

A station wagon is a vehicle having all of the following features

  1. Has a sedan equivalent. That is, the body forward of the front seat or seats and the greater part of the mechanical equipment, is the same or substantially the same as in a car of the same make.
  2. Has a flat roof extending at the same height to the rear of the vehicle. That is, the body is carried without significant reduction in height from the front seat or seats to the rear of the vehicle.
  3. Has an entrance at the rear suitable for the loading and unloading goods.
  4. Is manufactured with a rear seat or seats which can be folded or removed readily to provide additional floor space for the carriage of goods.
  5. That when the seat or seats immediately to the rear of the front seat or seats are in position for passengers, has a substantial space for the carriage of goods in proportion to the overall size of the interior of the vehicle.

Can I stop in a Taxi Zone?

Stopping in a taxi zone

Only taxi’s can stop / park in a taxi zone. Any other vehicle may be issued with a Parking Penalty Notice.

Who can stop in a Bus Zone?

Stopping in a bus zone

Only registered buses can stop in a bus zone. If a vehicle other than bus stops in a bus zone, a Parking Penalty Notice may be issued. If a vehicle is within 20 metres on the approach and 10 metres on the departure side of a Bus Stop a Parking Penalty Notice may be issued. A vehicle, other than a bus cannot set down or pick up passengers in a bus zone.  If a vehicle is observed using a bus zone in this manner, a Parking Penalty Notice may be issued.

Disobey Clearway sign

Stopping on a clearway

If a vehicle stops on a Clearway a Parking Penalty Notice may be issued and the vehicle may be towed.

What is a Work Zone?

Stopping in a works zone

Works Zones are created to allow for the delivery of materials to construction or building sites or to allow access for vehicles which are related to the building activity.  The Australian Road Rules do not specify which class of vehicle is permitted to use Work Zones and therefore enforcement is difficult as the Officer needs to determine whether or not the vehicle is related to the activities on the adjacent site.  Therefore Work Zones are enforced based largely upon complaint or if an Officer witnesses the parking offence. In these cases a Parking Penalty Notice may be issued to the offending vehicles.

Can I park in a Mail Zone?

Stopping in a mail zone

Mail Zones are design so that only Australia Post vehicles may stop. No other vehicles are permitted to stop at anytime. If a vehicle other than an Australia Post vehicle is stopped or parked a Parking Penalty Notice may be issued.

When can I stop in a Restricted parking Area?

NSW rule: restricted parking areas

Restricted Parking Areas are used in large public areas that usually have limited number of entry and exit points. A driver must not stop or park between Restricted Parking Signs unless the driver is dropping off / picking up passengers and goods. Exception:

  • Where parking control signs are in place, directions must be followed, for example in a marked bay if a driver does not follow directions and vehicle is unattended a Parking Penalty Notice may be issued.

What is a truck Zone?

Stopping in a truck zone

Any vehicle under 4.5 tonne is not permitted to stop in a Truck Zone; however a driver is permitted to drop off or pick up passengers. If a vehicle which is under 4.5 tonne is parked in a Truck Zone a Parking Penalty Notice maybe issued.

Parking across driveway access to/from land

Obstructing access to and from a footpath, driveway etc.

If a vehicle is parked on the footpath and across a driveway the Parking Officer is to allow 2 minutes and if the vehicle is unattended a Parking Penalty Notice may be issued.

Pedestrian Crossing/Children Crossing

Stopping on or near a children’s crossing or on or near a pedestrian crossing. (except at an intersection)

Vehicles are not permitted to stop 20m on the approach and 10m on the departure of a  Pedestrian Crossing / Children Crossing under any circumstances; a Parking Penalty Notice may be issued. Demerits points may apply.

Park on path Strip in a built up area

Stopping on a path, dividing strip, nature strip or painted island

It is illegal to park on / or across the footpath, medium or nature strip. This includes the strip of land between your property alignment and the kerb. A driver must not stop on a bicycle path, footpath, shared path or dividing strip, or a nature strip adjacent to a length of road in a built-up area, 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, or
  • The driver is permitted to stop under another law of this jurisdiction.

If a vehicle is parked or partly parked on a footpath / strip the Parking Officer may issue a Parking Penalty Notice.

Stop on/near intersection

Stopping in or near an intersection

The regulation states that a vehicle should not be parked within 10 metres of an intersection with the exception of areas indicated by a sign. Vehicles parked within 10 metres of an intersection (No Traffic Lights) may be issued with a Parking Penalty Notice. A vehicle must not stop or Park within 20 metres of the nearest point of an intersecting road at an intersection with traffic lights with the exception of area indicated by sign. Vehicles parked within 20 metres of an intersection (Traffic Lights) may be issued with a Parking Penalty Notice.

Double Park

Double parking

A driver must not stop on a road:

  • If the road is a two-way road between the centre of the road and another vehicle that is parked at the side of the road if so a Parking Penalty Notice may be issued.
  • If the road is a one-way road-between the far side of the road and another vehicle that is parked at the side of road if so a Parking Penalty Notice may be issued.

Parking in marked bays

Parking in parking bays

A driver must not park on a length of road, or in an area, to which a park in bays only sign applies. Except within a parking bay.If a vehicle is parked outside a marked bay and unattended a Parking Penalty Notice maybe issued

How close can I park to a Post Box?

Stopping near a Post box

A driver must not stop or park on a road with in 3 metres of a public post box unless the driver is dropping off, or picking up passengers or mail or stopped on a length of road that a Parking control sign is in place to which permits a driver to stop.

If a vehicle is unattended a Parking Penalty Notice may be issued.

Parallel Parking

Parallel parking on a road

A driver who parks on a road must position vehicle in accordance with the sign posting to the specific to that length of road.

If direction is not followed a Parking Penalty Notice maybe issued.

Heavy Vehicles

How long can Heavy Vehicles park in a residential street?

Stopping on roads — heavy and long vehicles

A driver of a heavy vehicle (over 4.5tonne), or long vehicle(longer than 7.5m), must not stop on a length of road that is not in a built-up area, except on the shoulder of the road.

The driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, must not stop on a length of road in a built-up area for longer than 1 hour, unless the driver is permitted to stop on the length of road for longer than 1 hour by information on or with a traffic control device.