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Common Parking Controls and Offences

When parking your vehicle, there are general rules that you need to remember. These rules ensure all road and footpaths can be used safely by other motorists and pedestrians.

  • Always read the signs and look out for any road line markings.   

  • Make sure that you don't park on footpaths or footpath ramps or across or partly blocking driveways

  • Unless otherwise signed, the following rules apply at intersections and bus stops:

  • Park at least 10 metres from an intersection without traffic lights or if there are traffic lights, park at least 20 metres away from the intersection

  • Park at least 20 metres behind a bus stop, or at least 10 metres in front.

For more information, refer to the Australian Road Rules.

For your convenience please find below a summary of some of the most common parking controls and offences for which Expiation Notices may be issued.  If you believe that a parking control is required in your area please contact the Council on 8408 1111 to discuss.

Rules 167 & 169 - No stopping provisions

No Stopping Signs and Continuous yellow lines are routinely installed in areas where it is unsafe or in-appropriate for a motorist to stop.

Expiation Notices are issued by Council staff if a vehicle is stopped in a "No Stopping zone or on a "Solid Yellow Line", even if the vehicle only stops for a short time (such as to allow a passenger to enter to alight from the vehicle).

As soon as the vehicle comes to a stop the offence has been committed.

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Rule 170 - Stopping in or near an intersection (within 10 Metres)

The Rules stipulate that a driver must not stop within 10 metres of an intersection, whether or not the intersection is marked with a solid yellow line. Vehicles parked within this distance of an intersection obstruct the field of vision and create an immediate safety hazard for pedestrians and other motorists alike.

As soon as the vehicle comes to a stop the offence has been committed.

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Rule 176 - Stopping on a clearway

A driver must not stop on a length of road to which a clearway sign applies.

Vehicles which are parked in Clearway zones may present a traffic hazard to other vehicles travelling in peak hour traffic. Additionally, vehicles parked in such a manner significantly reduce the flow of vehicles travelling on the road, adding to the potential hazard.

As soon as the vehicle comes to a stop in a Clearway the offence has been committed.

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Rule 179 - Stopping in a loading zone

Loading Zones are generally provided so as to provided easy access to busy areas for the purpose of loading or unloading heavy or awkward items for deliver to local businesses.

Where a vehicle is parked in a Loading Zone and it is evident that the driver of the vehicle is not actively loading or unloading items, an Expiation Notice may be issued.

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Rule 182 - Stopping in a taxi zone

A driver must not stop in a taxi zone, unless the driver is driving a taxi. Taxi zones are provided by the Council in busy or congested areas so as to allow members of the public wishing to use the services of a Taxi easy access.

Taxi's form a critical part of the greater metropolitan transport network. Vehicles parked in Taxi zones (whether or not a Taxi was in the zone at the time that another vehicle stopped in the zone) have the capacity to adversely affect the service provided by Taxi companies.

As soon as the vehicle comes to a stop in a Taxi zone the offence has been committed.

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Rule 183 & 195 - Stopping in a bus zone and bus stop

A driver must not stop within 20 metres of the approach to a bus stop and within 10 metres of the departure of a bus stop, or in a bus zone to which bus zone signs have been installed unless the driver is driving a public bus. Bus stops are provided by the Department for Transport, Energy & Infrastructure along public bus corridors.

The public bus service forms a critical part of the greater metropolitan transport network. Vehicles parked in Bus zones and adjacent to bus stops (whether or not a Bus was in the zone at the time that another vehicle stopped in the zone) have the capacity to adversely affect the accessibility and timeliness of busses.

As soon as the vehicle comes to a stop in a Bus Zone or adjacent to a Bus Stop the offence has been committed.

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Rule 185 - Stopping in a permit zone

A driver must not stop in a permit zone unless the driver's vehicle displays a current permit. The Council recognises that business and residential parking priorities sometimes compete. It is for this reason that the Council has provided Residential Permit zones.

Vehicles parked in Permit Zones without the relevant permit being displayed cause drivers of eligible vehicles to be inconvenienced. Even if the driver of a vehicle has a current permit, if the permit was not displayed, or the permit was displayed but obscured from view, Expiation Notices are issued. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that the Permit is current and displayed in such a way that it can be easily seen by Council staff.

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Rule 187 - Stopping in a bicycle lane, bus lane, tram lane, tramway, transit lane, truck lane or on tram tracks

A driver must not stop in a bicycle lane unless the driver is driving a public bus, public minibus or a taxi, and is dropping off or picking up, passengers.

As soon as the vehicle comes to a stop in a Bicycle lane the offence has been committed.

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Rule 189 - Double parking

A driver must not stop on a road:

  1. if the road is a two-way road-between the centre of the road and another vehicle that is parked at the side of the road; or
  2. if the road is a one-way road-between the far side of the road and another vehicle that is parked at the side of the road.

Double parking has become a regular, albeit dangerous habit of many drivers, especially in areas near and around school zones. Vehicles parked in contravention to this Rule slow the general flow of traffic by creating an additional traffic hazard for other drivers to navigate.

Passengers, such as small school children entering and alighting from vehicles double parked need to make their way around other legitimately parked vehicles. This practice has been known to be the cause of serious accidents causing harm.

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Rule 198 - Obstructing access to and from a footpath, driveway etc

A driver 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.

Vehicles parked on paths cause pedestrians and other path users to deviate onto the road or onto unpaved areas. Additionally, paths are not constructed with vehicles in mind and may result in additional maintenance costs.

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Rule 200 - Stopping on roads-heavy and long vehicles

The driver of a heavy vehicle (ie a vehicle with a GVM of 4.5 tonnes or more), or long vehicle (ie a vehicle that, together with any load or projection, is 7.5 metres long, or longer), must not stop on a length of road in a built-up area.

Vehicles parked in contravention to this Rule may create an additional traffic hazard, which other road users need to navigate.

Drivers of such vehicles that need to park for extended periods are encouraged to contact the Council before arriving at their intended destination. One-off short term exemptions from this Rule may be provided at the discretion of Council staff.

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Rule 203 - Stopping in a parking area for people with disabilities

A driver must not stop in a parking area for people with disabilities unless:

  1. the driver's vehicle displays a current parking permit for people with disabilities; and
  2. the driver complies with the conditions of use of the permit.

The Council recognises that some members of our community require parking facilities close to popular areas and for this reason a number of such parking areas are provided in an around popular shopping precincts such as Henley Beach as well as privately owned car parks catering for other popular shopping destinations.

Vehicles parked in Permit Zones without the relevant permit being displayed cause drivers of eligible vehicles to be inconvenienced.

Even if the driver of a vehicle has a current permit, if the permit was not displayed, or the permit was displayed but obscured from view, Expiation Notices are issued. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that the Permit is current and displayed in such a way that it can be easily seen by Council staff.

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Rule 205 - Parking for longer than indicated

Many parking spaces in an around busy commercial and some residential zones have had Time Limit restrictions installed so as to ensure that drivers move their vehicles on a regular basis. The underlying reason for the installation of such time limits is an attempt to ensure that ample parking spaces are available for those motorists who need them most - short term visitors to the area or customers needing the services of local businesses.

In keeping with all major commercial and shopping centres in the greater metropolitan area, the most accessible parking options are usually those with generous time restrictions.

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Rule 208 - Parallel parking on a road

This section includes the following offences:

Fail to park in direction of lawful travel The driver must position the vehicle to face in the direction of travel. Vehicles parked "Facing the wrong way" need to be driven across on the wrong side of the roads to rejoin the traffic, possibly causing a hazard to other road users.

Not as near as practicable, to the far left side of the road 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. Vehicles not parked as near as practicable, to the far left side of the road may cause a hazard to other road users.

Park too close to a dividing strip or line Dividing strips (or lines) are commonly installed near intersections or in areas where the driver may not be able to see oncoming traffic. The driver of a parked vehicle must ensure that at least three (3) metres is left between the outside edge of the vehicle and the line which is marked on the road.

Fail to park with three (3) metres between vehicles Driver of parked vehicles must ensure that a minimum distance of three (3) metres is maintained between another parked vehicle so as to ensure that other traffic may pass through.

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Rule 210 - Angle parking

A vehicle which is not parked in accordance with the requirements posted on the relevant signs severely restricts the number of spaces available in an angle parking zone.

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Rule 211 - Parking in parking bays - Not Wholly within one space

Vehicles which are parked across two spaces severely restrict the number of spaces available in that zone.

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Where can I park?

There are different parking options throughout the City of Charles Sturt, including time limit parking in high demand areas such as Hindmarsh, Henley Beach and surrounding the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  

Please check the signs carefully each time you park as on-street parking zones may change at any time and different rules may apply at certain times.

 

Parking at the Civic Centre Parking

 

Parking in Hindmarsh

Hindmarsh is home to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, The Governor Hindmarsh, Coopers Stadium, the Hindmarsh Library, the Tram stop for commuters and a wide range of local businesses and services. Parking controls on street, particularly along Port Road offer a range of short term parking options including 1 and 3 hour parking to allow customers to access local businesses.  Commuter and all day parking is available at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Car Park and a limited number of all day ‘on-street’ car parks can be found within walking distance.

 

 Adelaide Entertainment Centre Parking 

 The Adelaide Entertainment Centre Park’n’Ride Facility provides more than 1,400 car park spaces and is in close proximity to the free city tram service. Information about the Park’n’Ride can be found on the Adelaide Metro Website.

Park'n'Ride

 

Parking at Henley Beach

Henley Beach is a popular location for beach goers, diners and shoppers which can result in a high demand for parking. A range of time limit and unrestricted parking is available around Henley Beach offering a mixture of parking opportunities. 

There are two Council owned car parks located immediately North and South of Henley Square which are now free with a 3 hour time limit to ensure vehicle turnover so that customers and beach goers can visit Henley Beach. Sensors have been installed in both car parks to monitor traffic flow. 

There are two main car parks located North and South of Henley Square which offer time limit parking of either 2 or 3 hours to ensure customers and beach goers can visit Henley Beach.  A short walk either further North or South from the square there are some all-day parking spaces.  Additional off-street parking is available at the Henley Square Pavilion car park.

For more information about Henley Beach, the Visit Henley Beach website has been created to showcase everything that Henley Beach has to offer.

 

Parking near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital 

There are a mixture of time limit zones and unrestricted parking areas in the residential streets surrounding the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to accommodate residents, visitors and workers. The Hospital also has some free and paid parking options available and more information can be found on the SA Health Website.

 

Camping on-street

Camping or sleeping overnight on the road, public car parks or Council reserves is not permitted in the City of Charles Sturt; this includes sleeping in your vehicle.  Illegal camping can have a range of impacts on the community including public safety, litter and damage to reserves.  If you camp overnight on a road, car park or reserve, you may be issued with a fine.  For information on where you can camp legally in South Australia:

 

Residential Parking Permits

Council will consider granting residential parking permits where a resident’s property does not have any off street parking and none could reasonably be provided and the area experiences high on street parking demand.

Please find the link below for more information regarding Residential Parking:

Residential Parking

Parking Controls Policy

School Safety Program

The City of Charles Sturt has implemented various parking controls in the streets surrounding the schools within our community to help make it a safe place for children and help manage the traffic flow during peak periods. Community Safety Officers conduct School Safety inspection programs throughout the year.

A brochure has been designed as an additional educational tool for parents and caregivers, to help explain some of the common parking issues around schools. 

School Safety Program

Relevant Legislation

For the purpose of policing parking issues, Council staff are authorised to issue Expiation Notices in accordance with the requirements of the following:

Australian Road Rules

Local Government Act, 1999

Road Traffic (Road Rules Ancillary and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2014 (90 kb)

Private Parking Areas Act 1986

Expiation of Offences Act 1996

Should you require further information regarding the Australian Road Rules, you may like to direct your enquiry to your legal advisor. Alternatively, if you are a member of the RAA you may like to avail yourself of the RAA Legal Advisory Service on 8202 4570.

Abandoned Vehicles

Vehicles left on the road for extended periods of time may be left in a state of disrepair and can have an adverse impact on the amenity.

Section 237 of the Local Government Act gives Council the Power to remove vehicles where they have been left for a period of more than 24 hours and been deemed abandoned.  To avoid doubt, a vehicle parked on a public road in a manner that does not contravene a parking restriction will not be taken to be abandoned where the owner of the vehicle has been found to reside in the local area. 

Only Police have the authorisation to expiate an owner if a vehicle is unregistered.

 Vehicle Tow Away Policy

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