Whitehorse City Council

Parking Signs & Road Rules

Parking rules make our roads safer, give people fair access to parking spaces and make it easier for the community to access services.

The parking rules are supported by a range of common parking signs that tell you where you can and cannot park. Parking signs are regulatory signs. Motorists must obey the directions on them and it is an offence to disobey them.

There are two basic types of parking signs. These are:

  • Linear parking control which have signs that have a directional arrow and apply to a length of road
  • Area parking control which have signs with the word Area on them and apply to an area containing a number of roads.

Both types of control indicate the start and end of the length of road or area to which the restrictions apply.   

Remember to check the parking signs before you park.

Note:

  • If a parking sign indicates that it applies on a particular day(s) of the week the sign does not apply on a public holiday unless information on the sign indicates that it does.
  • All parking and stopping rules apply even if your vehicle has broken down or if you have your hazard warning lights on.

Parking in a time limited area

The large P stands for parking. The large number before the P shows how long, in hours, you can park in that area, within the times advised underneath. Sometimes a sign denotes minutes. The large number above the word “minutes” shows how long, in minutes, you can park in that area, within the times advised underneath.

You must leave the area the sign applies to when you reach the time limit. No time limits apply outside these hours, unless other signs are present such as a clearway sign. If there are no specified times, the sign applies at all times (including overnight, the weekend and public holidays).

Time limits are set to allow as many people as possible to have access to parking in an area. The intention of these time limits is to ensure that vehicles leave the area after the initial time has expired.

This approach helps businesses by ensuring parking is available for as many potential customers as possible.

1 Hour Parking   10 minute parking   3 hour parkingEnd 3 hour parking


Stopping in a no parking zones

You may park here for two minutes (or the time shown on the sign) to make a pick up or drop off, but you must stay within three metres of your car during the specified times. If there are no specified times, the sign applies at all times (including overnight, the weekend and public holidays).

No parking 4-6

 


Stopping in a no stopping zones

You may not stop here, not even briefly during the specified times. If there are no specified times, you may not stop here at any time including overnight, the weekend and public holidays. The same applies if there is a continuous yellow line on the edge of the road near the curb.

No stopping parking No stopping school hours parking

 


Stopping in a clearway

Only a bus, minibus or tax can stop here to set down or pick up passengers during the specified times. If there are no specified times, the sign applies at all times (including overnight, the weekend and public holidays).

Clearways in the City of Whitehorse include main roads such as Springvale Road and Burwood Highway.

NOTE: Repeated stopping in a clearway in the City of Whitehorse may result in your vehicle being towed and you will need to pay a fee to recover your car.

Clearway parking
   
Clearway 4-6 parking

 

Stopping in a shared zone

You must not stop in a shared zone unless:

  • You stop in a parking bay and you are permitted to stop in that parking bay;
  • You are setting down or picking up passengers or goods;
  • You are engaged in the door-to-door delivery or collection of goods, or in the collection of waste or garbage;
  • A parking sign says you can.

10k share zone parking   End shared zone parking 


Stopping in a parking area for people with disabilities

You must not stop in a parking area for people with disabilities unless you display a current parking permit for people with disabilities

Holders of a blue disabled parking permit can park in spots signed as disabled parking with the blue disabled symbol for the time indicated. If there are no specified times, the sign applies at all times (including overnight, the weekend and public holidays).

Holders of a green disabled parking permit cannot park in a blue disabled zone. Blue disabled parking permit holders can also park in any Council bay at no charge provided they observe all restrictions. Holders of a green disabled parking permit can also park in any ordinary bay for double the period shown and payment of any initial fee.

Disabled Parking Permit Category 2 Disabled Parking Permit

Stopping in a loading zone

A loading zone is a clearly signed parking area set aside for short term use by certain vehicles when loading and unloading goods in the course of business or when dropping off or picking up passengers. Loading zones are generally located in urban centres for the use of vehicles principally designed for carrying goods.

Only the following vehicles can park in a loading zone during the specified time for a maximum of the time limit of the sign or 30 minutes if there is no time limit specified. If there are no specified times, the sign applies at all times (including overnight, the weekend and public holidays):

  • Taxis setting down or picking up passengers
  • Trucks of over 4.5 tonnes picking up or setting down goods
  • Labelled courier or delivery vehicle picking up or setting down goods
  • A load-carrying vehicle picking up or setting down goods
  • A bus or vehicle which has seating positions for 10, 11 or 12 adults (including the motorist) that is being used to carry passengers for hire or reward.

The majority of 4WD, hatchback and other coupe and sport type vehicles are not defined as a station wagon as they are not principally designed and constructed for carrying goods. They are excluded from parking in loading zones. 

 

Loading zone parkingLoading zone 8-4 parking

 

Stopping in a residential permit zone

Special permits are needed to park in residential permit zones. Residents may apply to Council for residential permits, which only apply to your particular permit area.


Permit zone parking   Resident sticker green parkingCurrent resident sticker parking   Resident sticker parking 2


Stopping in a mail zone

Mail zone parking spaces are for on-duty postal officers only during the specified time. If there are no specified times, the sign applies at all times (including overnight, the weekend and public holidays).

Mail zone parking

 

Stopping in a bus zone

Only public buses can stop in a bas zone during the specified time. You cannot stop within 20 metres before the bus zone sign and 10 metres after the sign unless another parking sign says you can. If there are no specified times, the bus zone sign applies at all times (including overnight, the weekend and public holidays).


 

Stopping in a truck zone

Only trucks can stop in truck zones during the specified time. If there are no specified times, the sign applies at all times (including overnight, the weekend and public holidays).

Truck zone parking

 

Stopping in a works zone

A works zone signs says you cannot park during the time specified unless you are driving a vehicle used in construction work in the works zone. If there are no specified times, the sign applies at all times (including overnight, the weekend and public holidays).

Works zone parking

 

Stopping in a taxi zone

Taxi zone parking spaces are for on-duty taxis only during the specified time. If there are no specified times, the sign applies at all times (including overnight, the weekend and public holidays).

Taxi zone parking

 

Parking at an intersection with traffic lights

You must not stop on a road within 20 metres from the nearest point of an intersecting road at an intersection with traffic lights, unless a parking sign says you can.

Parking at intersection with traffic lights

 

Parking at an intersection without traffic lights

You must not stop on a road within 10 metres from the nearest point of an intersecting road at an intersection without traffic lights, unless a parking sign says you can.

If the intersection is a T-intersection you may park along the continuous side of the continuing road at the intersection.


 

Stopping at a children’s crossing

You must not stop on a children's crossing, or on the road within 20 metres before the crossing and 10 metres after the crossing, unless a parking sign says you can.

Parking children crossing broken lines

 

Stopping on or near a pedestrian crossing (except at an intersection)

You must not stop on a pedestrian crossing that is not at an intersection, or on the road within 20 metres before the crossing and 10 metres after the crossing, unless a parking sign says you can.


 

Stopping on or near a marked foot crossing or bicycle crossing (except at an intersection)

You must not stop on a marked foot crossing that is not at an intersection, or on the road within 10 metres before the traffic lights pole nearest to you at the crossing and 3 metres after the crossing, unless a parking sign says you can.


 

Stopping on or near a level crossing

You must not stop on a level crossing, or on a road within 20 metres before the nearest rail or track to the motorist approaching the crossing and 20 metres after the nearest rail or track to you leaving the crossing, unless a parking sign says you can.


 

Stopping in a bus lane, tram lane, tramway, transit lane, truck lane or on tram tracks

Unless you are the driver of a tram, a tram recovery vehicle or a public bus, you must not stop in a tram lane, a tramway or on tram tracks.

You must not stop in a bus lane, transit lane or truck lane unless you are driving a public bus, public minibus or taxi, and are setting down or picking up, passengers.


 

Double parking

You may not double park at any time unless line marking or signage says you can.


 

Stopping at a safety zone

Safety zones around tram stops are so tram passengers can get on and off a tram safely. You cannot stop within 10 metres before or after a safety zone sign unless a parking sign says you can.

Safety zone parking

Stopping near a road obstruction

You must not stop on a road near an obstruction or on the road so that your vehicle obstructs traffic on the road.


 

Stopping on a bridge, causeway, ramp or in a tunnel or underpass

You must not stop on a bridge, causeway, ramp or similar structure unless the road is at least as wide on the structure as it is on each of the approaches or a parking sign says you can.

You must not stop in a tunnel or underpass unless the road is at least as wide in the tunnel or underpass as it is on each of the approaches or a parking sign says you can.


 

Stopping near a fire hydrant

You must not stop within 1 metre of a fire hydrant, fire hydrant indicator, or fire plug indicator, unless you drive a public bus and stop at a bus zone, or you are a taxi driver and stop in a taxi zone or you drive a minibus and stop in a minibus zone. You must never be further than 3 metres from your vehicle at all times.

Fire hydrant yellow parking

 

Stopping at a tram stop

Unless you are driving a tram, a tram recovery vehicle or a public bus travelling along tram tracks, you must not stop at a tram stop or on the road within 20 metres before a tram stop sign unless another parking sign says you can.


 

Stopping on a path, dividing strip or nature strip

You must not stop on a bicycle path, footpath, shared path or dividing strip, or a nature strip adjacent to a length of road in a built-up area, unless there is a sign that says you can, you are parking a motorcycle and it is safe to stop or you are operating a detection device.

This is due to the damage vehicles can cause to services and the reduced lines of sight for oncoming vehicles. Each year, Council has to spend approximately $45,000 repairing damage caused by motorists who park on nature strips. Parking on a nature strip is also potentially dangerous as the vision of approaching cars and cyclists can be restricted when motorists are reversing from properties.

Council’s Parking Services Officers patrol the municipality and issue fines to vehicles illegally parked on nature strips. Even parking any part of a car, such as two wheels, on a nature strip is still considered an offence.

 

Nature Strip Parking
 

Obstructing access to and from a footpath, driveway etc.

You 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 unless you are driving a public bus picking up and setting down passengers or if a parking sign says you can.

You must not stop on or across a driveway or other access way for vehicles travelling to or from adjacent land unless you are picking up or setting down passengers provided you do not leave the vehicle and do not stop for longer than 2 minutes or if a parking sign says you can.


Stopping near an Australia Post box

You must not stop on a road within three metres of an Australia Post public post box, unless you are setting down or picking up passengers or mail or unless a parking sign says you can.

Parking near post box

Stopping heavy and long vehicles on roads

If you are driving a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, you must not stop on a length of road in a built-up area for longer than 1 hour, unless you are a picking up or setting down goods, or unless a parking sign says you can or you have a Council permit.


Stopping on a road with a bicycle parking sign

Unless you are riding a bike you must not stop on a length of road to which a bicycle parking sign applies, unless you are setting down or picking up passengers.

Bike parking

 

Stopping on a road with a motor bike parking sign

Unless you are the rider of a motor bike you must not stop on a length of road to which a motor bike parking sign applies, unless you are setting down or picking up passengers.

Motorbike parking

 

Stopping in a slip lane

You must not stop in a slip lane unless a parking sign says you can.


 

Parallel parking on a road and median strip

You must park facing in the direction of the traffic. On a two-way street you must park as far to the left of the road as practicable. On a one way street you must park as far to the left or right of the road as practicable. In the case of parking near a median strip you must park as near as practicable, to the centre of the median strip.

If there is no marked parking bay, you must park your vehicle at least 1 metre from the nearest vehicle.

You must not park you vehicle closer than 3 metres from a continuous white dividing line unless a parking sign says you can.

If there is no continuous white line, you must allow at least 3 meters of clearance to allow other vehicles to safely pass.

You must not park where you could unreasonably obstruct the path of other vehicles or pedestrians.


 

Angle parking

If a parking sign or road marking indicates that the vehicle must be positioned at a specified angle, you must park the vehicle so that the vehicle is as near as practicable to the specified angle and with the rear of the vehicle nearest to the centre of the road. If no angle is specified, you must park the vehicle at as close to practicable to 45 degrees.

If the road marking or parking sign includes the words "rear in", or similar words, you must position your vehicle with the front of the vehicle nearest to the centre of the road. This requirement does not apply for a motor bike.

 

Parking in parking bays

You must position your vehicle completely within a single parking bay, unless the vehicle is too wide or long to fit completely within the bay. If the vehicle is too wide or long to fit completely within a single parking bay, you must park within the minimum number of parking bays needed to park the vehicle.

This applies to all areas with parking bays even if a “PARK IN BAYS ONLY” sign is not present.

A parking bay can be road markings consisting of lines, studs or other similar devices or a different road surface.

Parking in bays only

You can find more information about parking in Victoria from:

The Victoria Law Foundation Parking the Law and You 
The Victorian Road Safety Road Rules (Vic) 2009