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Parking rules

Parking rules exist to improve traffic flow and provide safe, efficient and equitable access for all motorists.

Clearways

Clearways improve traffic flow at the busiest times of the day. You cannot stop your car between clearway signs during the times specified on the sign.

Parking restrictions

Parking restrictions differ across the whole municipality, including the central city. Please remember to always check the parking signs no matter what time of the day or night. Some signs apply all the time, while others may apply only during certain times.  

For full details on parking rules, please refer to the relevant road rules or regulation in its entirety.

For more information visit VicRoads or Information Victoria

Children's crossings

Stopping your vehicle on or too close to a children's crossing may mean that a child entering the crossing can’t see or be seen by an approaching car.

When a children's crossing is in operation (ie. when the flags are displayed), you must not stop:

  • on a children's crossing
  • within 20 m before the crossing
  • within 10 m after the crossing.

This means that stopping momentarily to let a child out or pick a child up is an offence.

These restrictions do not apply when flags are not displayed and the crossing is unattended.

However, if there is also a 'No Stopping' sign at the approach to the crossing, you must obey it at all times.

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Intersections

Parking your vehicle too close to an intersection can endanger pedestrians and other drivers by blocking their view of the traffic, and by restricting other drivers’ turning space.

A driver must not stop in an intersection or on a road within 20 m of the nearest point of an intersecting road at an intersection with traffic lights.

A driver must not stop in an intersection or on a road within 10 m from the nearest point of an intersecting road at an intersection without traffic lights.

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Loading zones

You can only stop in a Loading Zone if you are driving a vehicle that is dropping off or picking up goods or people, and is:

  • a motor vehicle (together with any trailer, fore-car, sidecar or other vehicle attached to it) that has seating positions for 10, 11 or 12 adults (including the driver)
  • a truck with a Gross Vehicular Mass (GVM) over 4.5 tonnes
  • a bus or taxi cab if dropping off or picking up passengers
  • a courier or delivery vehicle permanently marked in the way specified by the Regulations (ask the Council or Vic Roads)
  • a 'G' classified goods vehicle.

Vehicles must comply with time limits set on signs, or a maximum of 30 minutes if there is no time on the sign.

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No Stopping and No Parking

No Stopping means no stopping at all – even if you are only stopping to let someone out of the car, and regardless of whether you leave the engine running and stay in the car.

You must not stop in a No Parking area unless dropping off or picking up passengers or goods. You must not leave the car and not take longer than two minutes or the time limit on the sign (unless stated otherwise).

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Parking correctly

When parking on a two-way road you must park the vehicle facing in the direction of travel and parallel to the left-hand side. You must get the left wheels of the car as close to the kerb as you can and, if there are no marked parking bays, leave at least 1 m between you and the cars in front and behind.

When parking on a one-way road you must park the vehicle facing the direction of travel, parallel and as near as possible to the far left or far right side of the road unless otherwise indicated by information on or with a parking control sign.

You must also park a vehicle at least three metres from a continuous dividing line (single or double), dividing strip otherwise indicated by information on or with a parking control sign.

You must also leave three metres of road alongside the vehicle that is clear for other vehicles to pass unless otherwise indicated by information on or with a parking control sign.

If there are marked parking bays on the road you must only park within the marked lines, and you must not park partly in and partly out of parking areas. You can be given a ticket for breaking any of these rules.

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Stopping across driveways

You must not stop on or across your own or another person’s driveway, or so close to the driveway that you stop a vehicle from driving in or out.

It is an offence to stop on any nature strip or median strip, unless parking signs allow it.

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Tow-away zones

If a Clearway is classified as a tow-away zone, the police or Council can have your car towed away by an authorised operator, as well as fining you.

You may have to pay a release fee to get your car back. Council will not accept responsibility for the inconvenience to you or for any damage to your car during towing.

Remember to always read the parking signs.

Report an illegally parked vehicle

If you have a non-urgent parking issue, you can request parking officer attendance online and we will assist as soon as possible.

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