Parking Lessons Note subject 2

Look for parking signs before parking

When about to park, look for parking signs as they tell you:

  • if, where, and how long you can park
  • if there are any restrictions (e.g. only allowed during certain hours or for specific vehicle types)
  • if you have to pay for parking

Don’t park for longer than indicated by a sign.

A general parking sign

General parking signs have arrows that indicate the direction and stretch of road the sign applies to. A sign with a ‘P’ by itself means parking is allowed without a time limit.

A parking sign with a time limit

A number next to the ‘P’ indicates a time limit. Parking limits apply during the period shown on the sign. The sign above indicates that you’re allowed to park for 1 hour between 9 a.m. - 12 noon on Saturdays in the direction of the arrow. At any time outside of the specified periods, parking is allowed with no restrictions unless otherwise signed.

A few examples of variations:

Parking permitted for up to 2 minutes between 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday in the direction of the arrow Parking permitted for up to 30 minutes between 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday and 9 am - 12 noon on Saturdays in the direction of the arrow Parking permitted for up to 2 hours between 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday and 9 am - 12 noon on Saturday in the direction of the arrow

Meter parking

Parking meters may control one or several parking spots. Follow the directions and pay as instructed on the meter/sign.

Signs prohibiting parking

Many signs prohibit parking and/or stopping. Some signs have hours of operations, meaning that the restrictions apply during signed hours only.

‘No parking’ signs

You are NOT allowed to stop for more than 2 minutes in this area, and must stay within 3m of your vehicle. MPS permit holders may park for up to five minutes.

‘No Stopping' signs

You must NOT stop at any point on the road or kerb in the direction of the arrow. A continuous yellow edge line can be used in combination with, or instead of, a ‘No Stop

Clearways

Clearways are used to improve safety and traffic flow during certain periods (e.g. peak-hour). The signs will display a ‘C’, a time and/or a date. DO NOT stop within the clearway for any reason during the indicated times. Clearways are also indicated by broken yellow lines

Taxis, hire cars and buses are allowed to stop to pick up/drop off passengers.

Be aware that you can create hazards and/or disrupt the traffic flow if you park in places such as clearways or no parking zones.

If you park in this area, your vehicle may be towed away

Disability parking

You aren't allowed to park in parking spots for disabled without a valid disabled parking permit (MPS permit). These parking spots have been set aside to enable disabled persons easy access to certain places (e.g. shops, libraries).

Residential parking permits

You may ONLY park in the area displayed if you have a valid Parking Permit. If you are exempt, parking is free of charge and without time restrictions.

Arrester beds and safety ramps

These are usually found on roads with steep gradients and are meant for emergencies only (e.g. brake failure). Don’t use unless necessary for safety.

Restricted parking area

Usually used in public areas with a limited number of entry/exit points (e.g. Darling Harbour). Don’t stop or park between the signs except in marked parking bays or parking stations.

Special event parking area

Don’t stop or park unless you have a parking permit exemption.

Zone signs

Some signs have hours of operations, meaning that the restrictions apply during signed hours only.

Loading zone

Loading zone sign

The following vehicles are allowed to stop in a loading zone:

  • Vehicles constructed for carrying goods can stop for up to 30 minutes when loading/unloading.
  • 3-wheeled goods vehicles and station wagons can stop for up to 15 minutes
  • Other vehicles can only stop to pick up or drop off passengers

Taxi zone

Only taxis are allowed to stop in the direction of the arrow(s)

Bus zone

Only buses are allowed to stop in the direction of the arrow(s)

Works zone

Only vehicles engaged in construction work in or near the zone may stop. Other vehicles can, however, stop to pick up/drop off psengers

Truck zone

Only trucks over 4.5t GVM picking up/dropping off goods are allowed to stop. Other vehicles can, however, stop to pick up/drop off passengers

Permit Zone

Only vehicles with a valid permit can park or stop in this zone
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