You cannot stop or leave a vehicle parked if the Road Safety Road Rules Victoria (2017) do not allow it.
The most common illegal parking situations in the City of Whitehorse are parking:
- For longer than the time allowed on the parking sign which makes that space unavailable for use by others or blocks lanes during heavy traffic periods.
- In a permit zone where the correct permit is not displayed or no permit is visible which makes that space unavailable for the bus, mail van driver, courier, disabled driver or local resident for whom the zone was set up to help.
- Double (double parking) which can delay other drivers and can force them to drive dangerously around your car.
- In a school crossing zone (No stopping zone) which reduces the visibility for other drivers of people using the crossing.
- Too close to an intersection or pedestrian crossing which reduces the visibility for other drivers of people using the crossing or drivers trying to make a turn.
- Across a lane or private driveway which inconveniences the driver trying to use the lane or resident trying get in or out of their property.
- Leaving less than 3 metres of road clear for traffic which restricts vehicles passing on the street.
- On the wrong side of the road (facing opposite the direction of travel) because parking on the wrong side means you will have to drive on the wrong side of the road in order to park or pull out, which increases the risk of a crash.
- On a footpath, naturestrip or reservation which can stop pedestrians safely using the footpath, damage Council property and restrict visibility for other drivers to see on-coming traffic.
- In a no stopping zone or a Clearway which can restrict the flow of traffic. NOTE: Your vehicle may be towed and impounded by the Department of Transport.
- In a bus or transit lane which can slow down bus services and multi-passenger vehicles and inconvenience the passengers.
- Opposite continuous white lines which can restrict the flow of traffic and restrict visibility for other drivers.
- In No Parking and No Stopping zones. No Stopping Means no stopping at all. Stopping to let someone out of or into a car regardless of whether you leave the engine running or stay in the vehicle is not allowed. You can stop in a No Parking area for up to two minutes, provided that you are setting down or picking up a passenger or loading or unloading goods and only if the driver is within three metres of the vehicle.
To find out more about how to park legally, visit the VicRoads website.