Sometimes it can be a bit painful when it comes to parking. In new development areas like ours, there is an abundance of construction traffic, people moving in and out, visitors and guests along with prospective residents just checking things out. This puts pressure on parking space, particularly when the garage is full of moving boxes that haven’t been unpacked yet as is often the case. However, it is important to note the parking laws summarized below are applicable across Queensland (not just Yarrabilba) and are only an excerpt of the more common parking laws which are not understood by residents until they get a nasty little fine at the most inconvenient of times.
Please let us know if there are any other parking laws which are not covered below which you would like a summary or an explanation, but to help residents avoid a parking fine and/or possible vehicle damage we would like to remind them of a few common misunderstood parking laws as follows:
Parking across driveways
It is permitted to stop briefly in front of a driveway to open a gate or load passengers or cargo into or out of a vehicle whilst staying with the car. However, it is illegal to park in front of and/or block a driveway (get out of the car and leave it in place) – this includes your own driveway.
Parking on the Verge
It is illegal to park on the road verge (between the kerb and the property boundary) unless otherwise signed, regardless of the presence of a paved footpath. This area is to provide a safe walking area for pedestrians and to provide access to services such as power, Telstra, water supply etc. Please note it is also illegal to park on a driveway if the vehicle is located inside the verge area.
Parking near intersections
Drivers must not stop or park within 20 metres of a signalised intersection (one with traffic lights) or 10 metres from a non-signalised intersection, unless otherwise signed. At a T-intersection, drivers are allowed to park along the continuous road, unless otherwise signed or indicated.
You cannot stop or park at any time in zones marked with a solid yellow line on the road. This is a ‘No Stopping’ zone. Other than the yellow line, these zones are usually not signed.
Leave a 3m gap
In order to provide for continued vehicle thoroughfare on public roads Queensland Road Rules (Section 208), drivers must leave a minimum three meters between their vehicle and an unbroken line, concrete median, other vehicle or opposite kerb. The 3m clearance is to allow all vehicles to pass safely including waste collection vehicles or emergency services. When parallel parking, drivers must park as close as practicable to the kerb to assist in maximising the through area without protruding onto the verge.
If you do not leave a minimum of three meters between your vehicle and the unbroken centre line or painted/concrete traffic island, you are parking illegally and may receive an infringement notice.
If the road does not have a continuous unbroken line or concrete median, the driver must position the vehicle so there is at least 3m of the road alongside the vehicle that is clear for other vehicles to pass, unless otherwise indicated by information on or with a parking control sign. Note the 3m area should also be clear of any other parked vehicles.
Position of Parked Vehicle in Direction of Travel
If the road is a two-way road, the driver must position the vehicle parallel, and as near as practicable, to the far left side of the road. If the road is a one-way road, the driver must position the vehicle parallel, and as near as practicable, to the far left or far right side of the road, unless otherwise indicated by information on or with a parking control sign.
The above is a small excerpt of the commonly problematic parking road rules, it is to be noted that other rules or exceptions may apply. This information was compiled with the assistance of the Logan City Council Traffic Engineering Section. For more details on the road rules please refer to the Department of Transport and Main Roads publications available on their website (www.tmr.qld.gov.au) or the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 1999 which is available on the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website at www.legislation.qld.gov.au.
Information about the relevant fines can for parking offences can be found at http://www.qld.gov.au/transport/safety/fines/demerit/parking/