Because of the danger of obstructing drivers' views, it is an offence to park a vehicle within 10 metres of an intersection or the junction of streets or roads. The 10 metres measurement is taken from the edge of the gutter.
A driver must not stop within 20 metres of the approach to a bus stop and within 10 metres of the departure of a bus stop, or in a bus zone to which bus zone signs have been installed unless the driver is driving a public bus. Bus stops are provided by the Department for Transport, Energy & Infrastructure along public bus corridors.
The public bus service forms a critical part of the greater metropolitan transport network. Vehicles parked in Bus zones and adjacent to bus stops (whether or not a Bus was in the zone at the time that another vehicle stopped in the zone) have the capacity to adversely affect the accessibility and timeliness of busses.
As soon as the vehicle comes to a stop in a Bus Zone or adjacent to a Bus Stop the offence has been committed.
The Mount Barker District Council has a legal obligation to enforce the Australian Road Rules (Section 197), which includes the regulation of vehicles stopped and parked on a nature strips (commonly known as the verge).
In addition to the legal obligation, Council also undertakes this regulation for the following important reasons;
- To prevent damage to community assets
- To facilitate safe visibility and efficient movement of pedestrians and vehicles
- To assist clear access for emergency vehicles/personnel to key infrastructure such as water, sewage, gas, telecommunications and drainage pipes
- To promote unrestricted access for wheelchair, scooter and pram users
- To enable free movement of vehicles in and out of their properties
- To enable the healthy growth of trees to provide shade for path and road users and for a cooler community
- In response to community concerns and on complaint regarding the unsafe parking practices of motorists.
Whilst motorists may sometimes park their vehicle on the nature strip because they assess this space to be safer than parking on the road, parking fully or partially on a nature strip or a footpath, regardless of the intention, is illegal under the Australian Road Rules.
Driving over gutters may cause cracking and dislodgement of concrete. The maintenance and repairs of nature strips and gutters costs rate payers a considerable amount each year.
A driver must not stop on a road in a position that obstructs access by vehicles or pedestrians to or from a footpath ramp or a similar way of access to a footpath, or a bicycle path or passageway.
Vehicles parked on paths cause pedestrians and other path users to deviate onto the road or onto unpaved areas. Additionally, paths are not constructed with vehicles in mind and may result in additional maintenance costs.
No Stopping Signs and Continuous yellow lines are routinely installed in areas where it is unsafe or in-appropriate for a motorist to stop.
It is an offence is a vehicle is observed to bestopped in a "No Stopping zone” or on a "Solid Yellow Line", even if the vehicle only stops for a short time (such as to allow a passenger to enter to alight from the vehicle).
As soon as the vehicle comes to a stop the offence has been committed.
The obstruction of fire hydrants and fire plugs is an offence. It is illegal to park in front of a fire plug or hydrant, including in front of private residences. Fire plugs need to be kept clear so that they are easily accessible by emergency services in the event of a fire.
Many parking spaces in an around busy commercial and some residential zones have had Time Limit restrictions installed so as to ensure that drivers move their vehicles on a regular basis. The underlying reason for the installation of such time limits is an attempt to ensure that ample parking spaces are available for those motorists who need them most - short term visitors to the area or customers needing the services of local businesses.
Time limits apply to some private car parks and also to some public streets within the Council area. They have been set to keep car parks available for shoppers and should not be used for all-day parking.
A vehicle is deemed not parallel parked if it is not aligned as closely as practicable with the line of the kerb. Furthermore, it is an offence to park a vehicle so that it is facing opposite the legal driving direction on the side of the road that it is parked.
Parking between a parked vehicle and the centre of the road to pick up or drop off is an offence.
This section includes the following offences:
Fail to park in direction of lawful travel
The driver must position the vehicle to face in the direction of travel. Vehicles parked "Facing the wrong way" need to be driven across on the wrong side of the roads to rejoin the traffic, possibly causing a hazard to other road users.
Not as near as practicable, to the far left side of the road
If the road is a two-way road, the driver must position the vehicle parallel, and as near as practicable, to the far left side of the road. Vehicles not parked as near as practicable, to the far left side of the road may cause a hazard to other road users.
Park too close to a dividing strip or line
Dividing strips (or lines) are commonly installed near intersections or in areas where the driver may not be able to see oncoming traffic. The driver of a parked vehicle must ensure that at least three (3) metres is left between the outside edge of the vehicle and the line which is marked on the road.
Fail to park with three (3) metres between vehicles
Driver of parked vehicles must ensure that a minimum distance of three (3) metres is maintained between another parked vehicle so as to ensure that other traffic may pass through.