samotor Magazine

Parking prowess

We address some common parking mysteries. 

1. If I’m in a timed spot, can I just move my car to another space in the same area when the time is up?

If you’ve parked in an area with a time limit, you must move your car completely off the length of road or out of the area to which sign applies before you can leave your car in the same zone again. So if you drive out of the area, come back, and the same space or another space is free, then you can park. 

Fine: $45 for exceeding the time limit. 

2. Can I be fined more than once for the same offence?

You can be fined multiple times for the same offence. If you leave your car in an area where parking is permitted for less than an hour – say 30 minutes – then you can be fined every 30 minutes after the first infringement is issued. Where the time limit is an hour or more, you can be fined every hour after the first fine. For offences that don’t involve a time limit – parking in a bike lane, for example – then you can also be fined every hour. 

Fine: $45 for each continuing offence. 

3. What happens if the ticket machine is broken?

Look to see if there’s another parking machine in the same zone and, if there is, get a ticket from that one. However, you’re not required to cross the road to access a working machine. If there’s no alternate parking machine, put a note on your car’s windscreen stating the number of the broken machine and briefly explaining the problem. Even if the machine is broken, time limits still apply. 

Fine: $45 for not buying a ticket where possible. 

4. Can I park near a post box?

You can’t stop within 3m of a public post box, unless the driver is dropping off or picking up passengers or mail. 

Fine: $85.  

 5. Is there a law about taking up two parking spaces?

Where a length of road is marked with parking bays, you must position your car completely within a single parking bay, unless the vehicle is too wide or too long to fit. 

Fine: $45.

6. When parallel parking, how much space must I leave between the cars in front and behind?

Unless you’re in a marked parking bay, you must position your car at least 1m from any vehicle in front or behind. 

Fine: $60. 

7. Can I park in a slip lane?

No, you can’t park or stop in a slip lane unless there’s a sign saying otherwise.  

Fine: $85.

8.  Can I park in a bike lane?

No, you can’t park or stop in a bike lane, even if it’s just to drop off or pick up passengers or goods. Some bike lanes have signs advising that they’re only in operation at certain times; in these cases, you’re free to park outside of stated hours, unless there’s another sign saying otherwise. So check for other time limits that may apply.

Fine: $239, plus a $60 Victims of Crime Levy if detected by police. 

9. Can I park, or have two of my wheels, on a nature strip next to the road?

Under the road rules, you can’t park any part of your car on a nature strip, footpath, bicycle path, shared path or dividing strip next to the road, unless there happens to be a sign saying otherwise. What’s more, road traffic regulations also say you can’t park in any public place that’s owned or controlled by a council, unless the area’s specifically set aside for that purpose.  

Fine: $85 for breaking Australian Road Rule 197 or, for breaking road traffic regulations, the fine is $126 in the City of Adelaide Park Lands and $60 in other public places.

10. I know I can’t park near a yellow line, but what about a white

One of the biggest unknowns about parallel parking is that there must be at least 3m between the outside of your car and a continuous white dividing line or dividing strip. This is the case regardless of whether or not there’s a yellow line on the edge of the road.  

Fine: $60.

11. How close can I park to an intersection?

If the intersection is controlled by traffic lights, you must leave at least 20m. If there are no traffic lights, then a minimum of 10m is required. At some locations, parking and stopping is restricted for longer distances so always check for signs and line markings.

Fine: $85 for either offence.

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