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Where not to park

Where not to park

For your own safety, and the safety and convenience of other road users, there are certain areas where you must not park. You risk being fined and/or having your vehicle towed away if you park in these areas.

You must not park or stop your vehicle:

  • on the right-hand side of the road, except in a one-way street
  • where it will be in the way of other people using the road (including pedestrians)
  • near a corner, curve, hill, traffic island or intersection, if it will stop other people from seeing along the road
  • on the road, if you can park the vehicle off the road without damaging grass or gardens
  • on any footpath
  • on a traffic island (whether it is flush or raised)
  • on, or closer than 6 metres to, an intersection, unless there are parking spaces or a notice telling you that you can park there
  • on, or closer than 6 metres to, the approach side of a pedestrian crossing
  • on a marked bus stop or taxi stand
  • closer than 6 metres to a bus stop marked only by a sign
  • in front of, or closer than 1 metre to, a vehicle entrance
  • alongside another parked vehicle – that is, you must not double-park
  • on 'no stopping' lines (broken yellow lines) marked within 1 metre of the edge of the road, which you may see near pedestrian crossings, intersections, driveways or narrow roads
  • where traffic signs say you must not stop or park
  • where a sign says that part of the road is reserved for specified kinds of vehicles (for example, bus, taxi or goods service vehicles) – in many cases, this restriction is marked by a broken yellow line more than 1 metre from the kerb
  • on, or closer than 50 centimetres to, a fire hydrant, unless somebody who can move the vehicle stays with it
  • on a yellow circle on the road containing a rectangle (as shown below) or between the circle and the footpath, unless somebody who can move the vehicle stays with it.
Fire hydrant road marking

Fire hydrant road marking

Fire hydrant triangle

Indicates the direction of the fire hydrant




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