Common Parking Offences

Motor Vehicles in New South Wales are regulated by the Australia Road Rules.

This provides for the effective movement and free flow of traffic in the State of New South Wales.

The Australian Road Rules provides a number of regulations for the parking of motor vehicles to assist with the safety of other road users, including pedestrians.

This guide will help you understand the road rules about parking and the possible penalties if you do not adhere to those road rules.

Parking on footpaths and in or across driveways

Example of car illegally parking across driveway and on footpathYou cannot park on a nature strip, even if two wheels are on the road and whether or not there is a footpath or kerb and guttering. This is for pedestrian access safety.

Penalty $101.00

You cannot park on the road blocking a driveway or on the driveway (even you own) outside the property boundary. This is for pedestrian safety.

Penalty $101.00

 

Not park parallel in direction of traffic

When you parallel park, you must park your vehicle pointing in the same direction as the flow of traffic closest to your vehicle. This is for traffic flow safety.

Penalty $169.00

 

Double parking

You cannot stop on a road next to other parked cars (even if you have you hazard lights on) unless you are about to park your vehicle. This is for traffic flow safety.

Penalty $236.00

 

Example of School Bus ZoneBus Stops/ Bus Zones

You cannot park within 20 metres before a Bus Stop unless there are signs that permit parking. This is for the safety of bus passengers.

Penalty $236.00

 

example of a No Stopping signNo Stopping

You must not stop on a length of road to which a No Stopping Sign Applies. This is for the safety of other vehicles.

Penalty $236.00

 

Loading Zones

You cannot park or stop your vehicle in a loading zone. This is for the safety of other vehicles.

Penalty $169.00

 

Taxi Zones

You must not stop on a length of road to which a Taxi Zone sign applies. This is for the safety of taxi passengers

Penalty $165.00

 

Mail Zones

You cannot stop or park your vehicle on a length of road to which a mail zone applies.
This is for the safety of other vehicles.

Penalty $101.00

 

Timed Parking

You must not exceed the time limit specified for a parking area. This is for the convenience of other vehicle owners.

Penalty $101.00

 

Stopping on or near a pedestrian crossing (except at an intersection)

You must not stop on a pedestrian crossing that is not at an intersection or on the road within 20 metres before the crossing and 10 metres after the crossing. This is for pedestrian safety.

Penalty $304.00, 1 demerit point

 

For more information contact Council's Regulatory Services Section on 02 6549 3788.

An initiative of Muswellbrook Shire Council to promote safety in our community.

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