Parking Infringement Appeals

 

Your Right To Appeal

You have the right to request a review of your infringement before the due date on your infringement notice. Under the Infringements Act 2006 there can only be one review of your infringement. Please visit Infringement Appeals for more information.

Your Responsibility

As a licensed driver, you are expected to:

  • Be aware of the Road Rules and adhere to them at all times.

    Failure to obey the Road Rules can lead to the issuing of a parking infringement. If this infringement is not paid, statutory costs and legal action may result.

Council's Responsibility

  • Ensure parking spaces are shared fairly by the community.
  • Ensure motor and pedestrian traffic is not obstructed or inconvenienced.
  • Ensure any danger caused by unsafe parking is minimised.

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SIGNAGE

Parking signs can apply to a length of road, an area or a car park. It is important that you look for signs when entering any street or car park. They may not be right next to your car. If a sign is located at a distance from your vehicle, you should leave your vehicle and move to a point from which you can clearly read every panel of the sign to ensure that the position in which you have chosen to park is legal.

Reading every panel of a multi-panel sign is vital. Each panel could contain information relating to the location in which you want to park your car. The panels with the arrows pointing towards your car will advise which restrictions apply to you. Don't forget, some areas can have several different types of restriction in a single day ie: timed parking, permit zone, loading zone etc.

Information relating to the days and times when restrictions apply can vary from location to location. Each sign will tell you when it applies. If no days and times are shown, the restriction applies twenty-four (24) hours of every day of the year.

Parking signs should be checked every time you park your car, even if you are familiar with the area. Restrictions and/or the days and times when restrictions apply are occasionally amended to meet the changing needs of the community.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • Poor visibility due to weather.
  • Not noticing a sign.
  • Reading only part of a multi-panel sign.
  • Being unable to read the sign from the front seat of the car.
  • Forgetting to read the sign because you were concentrating on other things.
  • Not noticing that a sign/restriction had been changed.
  • Being new to the area and unfamiliar with the restrictions. This applies regardless of whether the driver is from Victoria, interstate or overseas.

METERS OR TICKET MACHINE

If the meter or ticket machine is broken and cannot display how long you have been there, you are still only entitled to park for the prescribed length of time. If a patrolling officer has noted the time you parked, they can give you a ticket for overstaying even if the meter is broken.

You must pay for parking as prescribed. The onus is on the driver to ensure that they have sufficient monies to cover the cost of parking and ensure that the time paid for is sufficient. For example, medical appointments are widely known to run late and procedures can often take longer than expected, it is the driver's responsibility to allow for this when parking the car.

In the event that a ticket machine or meter is not working or found to be faulty please contact Council (telephone number displayed on Machine/Meter) prior to an infringement notice being issued. Council will provide you with a reference number to quote should you require further assistance. When reporting faulty ticket machines, please be aware that in most instances off-street parking facilities have a number of machines. You must endeavour to purchase a ticket from a working machine.

If unable to contact Council then leave a note visible on the windscreen.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • The meter was broken so I thought I could stay as long as I want.
  • Assumed the meter was not working.
  • Running late or being in a hurry.
  • Being delayed at an appointment.
  • Went to get change or ran out of change

'NO STOPPING' and 'NO PARKING'

No Stopping means no stopping at all - even if you are only letting someone out of the car, and regardless of whether you leave the engine running and stay in the car. Stopping on a length of road to which a 'No Stopping' sign applies is an offence, unless you are outside the times specified on the sign. You must not stop where there is a continuous yellow line painted on the edge of the road.

No Parking a driver must not stop on a length of road or in an area to which a no parking sign applies, unless the driver is dropping off or picking up, passengers or goods. The driver can not leave the vehicle unattended and must complete the stop within 2 minutes or in accordance with what the sign indicates.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

No Stopping

  • I only stopped to let my passenger out. I only stopped for 2 minutes.

No Parking

  • I only left my vehicle to get my passengers or retrieve the goods.

 

CHILDRENS CROSSING

Stopping or parking your vehicle too close to a children's' crossing may mean that a child entering the crossing can't see or be seen by an approaching car. When a children's' crossing is in operation (i.e. when the flags are displayed), you must not stop or park within 20 metres of the crossing on the approach side and 10 metres of the crossing on the departure side. This means that even stopping momentarily to let a child out or pick a child up is an offence. These restrictions do not apply when the crossing is not operating and the flags are not displayed.

However, if there is also a 'No Stopping' or 'No Parking' signs at the approach to the crossing you must obey it at all times.

In the interest of safety for the children and to avoid congestion, vehicle registration numbers are recorded and infringements are sent via mail.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • I wanted to drop my children as close to the gate as possible.

 

LOADING ZONE

You can only stop in a Loading Zone if you are driving:

  • A truck or a G-classified vehicle that is constructed mainly for carrying goods or loads (not a sedan, station wagon or motorbike).
  • A public passenger vehicle or taxi.

A courier or delivery vehicle permanently marked in the way specified by the Regulations (ask Council or VicRoads), and you are actually loading or delivering goods or picking up or setting down people. You can't park your truck in a Loading Zone just because it's a truck. If there is no time limit on the sign, you can stop for a maximum of 30 minutes.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • Privately registered vehicle stopped for a couple of minutes to drop off or pick-up passengers or goods.

 

PERMIT PARKING

In areas where there is limited parking, Council may set aside parking areas for residents or other designated groups. Parking without a permit may be restricted or prohibited.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • Parked in a permit zone by mistake.
  • Failing to display permit.

 

OTHER ZONES

You must not stop in a taxi or bus zone unless you are authorised to do so.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

Privately registered vehicle only stopped for a couple of minutes to drop off or pick up passengers or goods.

 

PARKING FOR TOO LONG

In some instances there may be metered parking payable Monday to Saturday but no metered parking on a Sunday. A common mistake is people assume that because parking is possibly non-metered in some areas on a Sunday that they do not have to abide by the parking time limit. This is not correct and will result in an infringement being issued.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • I moved from one bay into another, next to or in the same signed area.
  • Meter stated free parking on Sunday assumed I could park in the spot all day.


PARKING CORRECTLY

It is an offence to double park. When parking in a two-way street you must park on the left hand side of the road. Your vehicle must face the direction of travel, i.e. passenger side must be parked to the kerb and NOT the steering wheel side. You must park within the marked lines of the parking bay.

A driver can not stop on a bicycle path, footpath, shared path, dividing strip, or a nature strip adjacent to a length of road in a built-up area, unless there is permissive signage. Please note, Council's Local Laws also prohibit the sale of vehicles on roads or Council controlled land.

Nature Strips - Council supports this law as often tree roots can be compacted, grass is worn down resulting in the nature strip becoming unsightly, and there can be instances when utility companies require urgent access to underground cabling.

Footpath - Drivers 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. There is potential for pedestrians and others, particularly those in wheelchairs, motorised wheelchairs and prams to be obstructed.

Driveway - Drivers must not park across a driveway and always allow clear passage for access and egress.

The following appeals would not be considered valid reasons for withdrawal of parking infringements:

  • Stopped for a brief period.
  • No one objected to me parking there.
  • It is my driveway and I am not obstructing anyone.
  • There was still room for a person to get through.
  • I always park on the nature strip for safety because the road is busy.
  • I have always parked on the nature strip.
  • I parked my car on the nature strip so that people could see that it was for sale.

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