Parking, the road rules and you

Parking and traffic laws exist to ensure the safe and fair use of Victoria's roads for the benefit of everyone.

Your responsibility

As a licensed driver, you are expected to be aware of the road rules and adhere to them at all times. Failure to obey the road rules can lead to receipt of a parking infringement. If this infringement is not paid, statutory costs and legal action may result.

Our responsibility

We must ensure that:

  • parking spaces are shared fairly by the community
  • motor and pedestrian traffic is not obstructed or inconvenienced
  • any danger caused by unsafe parking is minimised

Your right to appeal

You have the right to request a review of your infringement before the due date on your infringement notice.

Under the infringements Act 2006 there can only be one review of an infringement.

You may request a review if you believe:

  1. The decision to issue an Infringement Notice:
    1. was contrary to law.
    2. involved a mistake of identity, for example the person to whom the infringement was issued was not the actual person who committed the offence.
  2. That 'special circumstances' apply to you. Under the Infringements Act 'special circumstances' apply to a person if they are unable to understand that conduct constitutes an offence or are unable to control conduct that constitutes an offence due to any of the following:
    1. a mental or intellectual disability, disorder, disease or illness
    2. a serious addiction to drugs, alcohol or a volatile substance
    3. homelessness
  3. The conduct for which the infringement notice was served should be excused having regard to any exceptional circumstances relating to the infringement offence. This may include:
    • car broken down.
    • medical emergencies - there will be situations where a person may need emergency treatment. This does not include general appointments at the hospital, doctors, dentist etc.
    • failure to display permits correctly

Note: All of the above are subject to proof (supporting documentation) and will be independently reviewed.

Requesting a review

There are some important things you should know about making a request for a review:

  1. they can be made by you or by an authorised person acting on your behalf with your consent
  2. must be in writing
  3. a request for review must state the grounds on which you consider the decision should be reviewed
  4. you must provide your current address and infringement number
  5. to avoid additional costs and enforcement action being taken against you, a request for review should be made prior to the due date listed on the infringement notice.

The following information details some common situations where people issued with an infringement notice ask for a review because of 'exceptional circumstances' and the associated likely outcomes.

While each case will be reviewed on its own merits based on the information provided, you should consider the following information prior to requesting a review of your infringement notice.


Parking signage Parking signs can apply to a length of road, an area or a car park. It is important that you look for signs when entering any street or car park. They may not be right next to your car.

If a sign is located at a distance from your vehicle, you should leave your vehicle and move to a point from which you can clearly read every panel of the sign to ensure that the position in which you have chosen to park is legal.
Reading every panel of a multi-panel sign is vital. Each panel could contain information relating to the location in which you want to park your car. The panels with the arrows pointing towards your car will advise which restrictions apply to you. Don’t forget, some areas can have several different types of restrictions in a single day ie: timed parking, permit zone, loading zone etc.

Information relating to the days and times when restrictions apply can vary from location to location. Each sign will tell you when it applies. If no days and times are shown, the restriction applies twenty-four (24) hours of every day of the year.

Parking signs should be checked every time you park your car, even if you are familiar with the area. Restrictions and/or the days and times when restrictions apply are occasionally amended to meet the changing needs of the community.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • Poor visibility due to weather.
  • Not noticing a sign.
  • Reading only part of a multi-panel sign.
  • Being unable to read the sign from the front seat of the car.
  • Forgetting to read the sign because you were concentrating on other things.
  • Not noticing that a sign/restriction had been changed.
  • Being new to the area and unfamiliar with the restrictions. This applies regardless of whether the driver is from Victoria, interstate or overseas.

Ticket machines

Ticket machine signage If the ticket machine is broken, you are only entitled to park for the prescribed length of time.

If an officer has noted the time you parked, they can give you a ticket for overstaying even if the ticket machine is broken.
You must pay for parking as prescribed. The onus is on the driver to ensure that they have sufficient monies to cover the cost of parking and ensure that the time paid for is sufficient. For example, medical appointments are widely known to run late and procedures can often take longer than expected, it is the driver’s responsibility to allow for this when parking the car.

In the event that a ticket machine is not working or found to be faulty please contact Council (telephone number displayed on Machine) prior to an infringement notice being issued. Council will provide you with a reference number to quote should you require further assistance. When reporting faulty ticket machines, please be aware that in most instances street parking have a number of machines. You must endeavor to purchase a ticket from a working machine. If unable to contact Council then leave a note visible on the windscreen.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • The ticket machine was broken so I thought I could stay as long as I want.
  • Assumed the machine was not working.
  • Running late or being in a hurry.
  • Being delayed at an appointment.
  • Went to get change or ran out of change.

'No Stopping' versus 'No Parking'

No stoppiong and No parking area signage No Stopping means no stopping at all - even if you are only letting someone out of the car, and regardless of whether you leave the engine running and stay in the car.

Stopping on a length of road to which a ‘No Stopping’ sign applies is an offence, unless you are outside the times specified on the sign.
Also, you must not stop where there is a continuous yellow line painted on the edge of the road.

No Parking - a driver must not stop on a length of road or in an area to which a no parking sign applies, unless the driver is dropping off or picking up, passengers or goods. The driver cannot leave the vehicle unattended and must complete the stop within 2 minutes or in accordance with what the sign indicates.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

No Stopping

  • I only stopped to let my passenger out.
  • I was waiting for my passenger.
  • I only stopped for 2 minutes.

No Parking

  • I only left my vehicle to get my passengers or retrieve the goods.
  • I ran out of fuel.

Children's crossing

Parking Stopping or parking your vehicle too close to a childrens’ crossing may mean that a child entering the crossing can’t see or be seen by an approaching car.
When a childrens’ crossing is in operation (that is: when the flags are displayed), you must not stop or park within 20 metres of the crossing on the approach side and 10 metres of the crossing on the departure side. This means that even stopping momentarily to let a child out or pick a child up is an offence.

These restrictions do not apply when the crossing is not operating and the flags are not displayed. However, if there is a ‘No Stopping’ or ‘No Parking’ signs at the crossing you must obey it at all times. In the interest of safety for the children and to avoid congestion, officers record vehicle registration numbers and details of the offence and infringements are sent via mail.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • I wanted to drop my children as close to the gate as possible.
  • It was raining.

Loading zones

Loading zone signage Loading zones are special parking spaces for use by specific types of vehicles engaged in picking up or setting down passengers or goods on behalf of a company or business. Unless otherwise stated – time limits apply. If there is no time limit on the sign, you can stop for a maximum of 30 minutes.
Loading zones are not provided for use by drivers of private vehicles who are undertaking a business activity or shopping.

For further information regarding loading zones visit the parking page on the Vicroads website.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • Privately registered vehicle stopped for a couple of minutes to drop off or pick-up passengers or goods.

Permit parking

Permit zone signage In areas where there is limited parking, Council may set aside parking areas for residents or other designated groups.

Parking without a permit may be restricted or prohibited.

Failure to display the appropriate permit may result in an infringement being issued.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • Parked in a permit zone by mistake.
  • Misuse of a permit.

Other zones

Taxi and Bus zone signage You must not stop in these zones unless you are authorised to do so (Taxi, Bus, Mail, Work etc).

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • Privately registered vehicle only stopped for a couple of minutes to drop off or pick up passengers or goods.

Parking for too long

Time limit signage Time limits are set on parking spaces to allow as many people as possible to have access to an area.
Where a parking control sign applies to a length of road or an area, you must not park there continuously for longer than the period allowed. If you stay longer you can be issued with a penalty. If you want to stay longer, you must move your vehicle out of the area between the two signs and into another parking area, or leave the off street car park and return.

Purchasing an additional ticket does not cancel out your obligation to move after the time limit is up, nor will moving to another bay within the same parking area save you from an infringement penalty.

In some instances there may be ticketed parking payable Monday to Friday but no ticketed parking on the weekend.

A common mistake is people assume that because parking is possibly non-ticketed in some areas on a weekend that they do not have to abide by the parking time limit. This is not correct and will result in an infringement being issued.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • I moved from one bay into another, next to or in the same signed area.
  • Ticket machine stated free parking on weekend assumed I could park in the spot all day.

Parking correctly

Parking Correctly It is an offence to double park. When parking in a two-way street you must park on the left hand side of the road. Your vehicle must face the direction of travel, that is: passenger side must be parked to the kerb and not the steering wheel side, except in a one-way street.
You must park within the marked lines of the parking bay. A driver cannot stop on a bicycle path, footpath, shared path, dividing strip, or a nature strip adjacent to a length of road in a built-up area, unless there is permissive signage.

Nature Strip - Council supports this law as often tree roots can be compacted, grass is worn down resulting in the nature strip becoming unsightly, under ground pipes can be damaged and there can be instances when utility companies require urgent access to underground cabling.

Footpaths - Drivers 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. There is potential for pedestrians and others, particularly those in wheelchairs, motorised wheelchairs and prams to be obstructed. Driveways - Drivers must not park across a driveway and always allow clear passage for access and egress. Please note, Council’s Local Laws also prohibit the sale of vehicles on roads or Council controlled land.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • Stopped for a brief period.
  • No one objected to me parking there.
  • It is my driveway and I am not obstructing anyone.
  • There was still room for a person to get through.
  • I always park on the nature strip for safety because the road is busy.
  • I have always parked on the nature strip.
  • I parked my car on the nature strip so that people could see that it was for sale.

Disabled parking

Disabled Parking There are two types of parking permits for people with disabilities.

One is blue-on-white and the other green-on-white and both are issued by local Councils in accordance with State guidelines.
If you need a disabled parking permit, contact Council for an application form and conditions or log into www.geelongaustralia. A disabled parking space can only be used by someone with a blue-on-white disabled parking permit, or by a driver who is parking the car so that the disabled permit holder can get in or out of the car. Permits are only valid when the disabled person is travelling in the vehicle.

A person with disabilities who holds only a green-on-white permit, or who does not hold any permit, must not park in signed blue disabled parking bays. Holders of either permit can park for twice the time normally allowed in ordinary parking spaces. A disabled parking permit must be displayed at the left side or centre of the front windscreen, so that the permit number and expiry date can be seen from outside. The driver must give his/her name and address and produce his/ her driver’s licence and the permit when asked to do so by police or a parking officer. Note: in order to be eligible to park twice the normal time you must initially pay for the full ticketed parking time displayed.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • I hold a green-on-white permit, but there were only blue on white parks available.
  • I didn’t realise my permit had expired.

Continuous yellow edge lines and broken yellow edge lines

Correct and incorrect parking in relation to continuous yellow lines Continuous yellow edge lines. Yellow edge lines have been part of Victoria’s Road Rules since 1999 and have the same meaning as 'No Stopping' signs (Road Rule 169).
A driver must not stop at the side of a road marked with a continuous yellow edge line. Broken yellow edge lines. These may be used in some areas to alert drivers to important part-time parking prohibitions (eg 'No Stopping' at school times near Children Crossings). Drivers should check the parking signs before parking next to a broken yellow edge line.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • I didn’t realise what the yellow line meant.
  • I only stopped for a moment.

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Page last updated: Thursday, 26 March 2020