Parking fines are given for different types of parking and road safety offences. If you're not sure why you received a parking fine, you can find more information on common parking offences below.

Period longer

In areas where there is a high demand for parking spaces, the period of time you can park for is limited. That way, busy areas remain accessible for all users. Don't forget that an over-stay of even a couple of minutes can result in a fine.

Reasons considered invalid for appeal when the offence is 'Period longer'

  • not seeing or misreading a sign
  • not being familiar with the parking conditions
  • moving your vehicle directly from one parking space to another between the same parking signs
  • being delayed at an appointment or being in a hurry
  • finding nowhere else to park
  • forgetting to move your car
  • parking for a very short time.

In a Permit Zone

In areas where parking is limited we have set aside parking areas for residents or other designated groups. If you park in these areas without a permit you could get a fine.

Reasons considered invalid for appeal when the offence is 'In a Permit Zone'

  • not displaying a valid permit
  • not being familiar with the parking conditions
  • finding nowhere else to park
  • being delayed at an appointment or being in a hurry
  • not seeing or misreading a sign
  • parking for a very short time without a permit.

In a Loading Zone/Taxi Zone/Bus Zone

Only authorised vehicles may stop in a zone marked for loading, taxis or buses and only when delivering or picking up goods, services or people. This includes taxis, buses, trucks, vans, utes and other vehicles used for delivery that have permanent signs fixed to both sides. Note: Magnetic signs are not permitted. 

If there is no time limit on the Loading Zone sign, 30 minutes is the maximum time that an authorised vehicle may park in a Loading Zone.

Reasons considered invalid for appeal when the offence is 'In a Loading Zone/Taxi Zone/Bus Zone'

  • stopping a privately registered vehicle to drop off or pick up passengers or goods
  • stopping to answer your mobile phone
  • finding nowhere else to park
  • stopping for a very short time.

Fail to Pay (expired meter/no valid ticket)

In areas where there is a fee for parking, you need to pay the right fee (as shown) and display the ticket. It is up to you to ensure you have enough money to cover the cost of parking and that you've paid for enough time.

Faulty meters and ticket machines

If a meter or machine isn't working  you can only use the parking space for the time limit shown on the signs, otherwise you could get a fine. Most off-street parking facilities in Boroondara have a number of ticket machines, if one is broken you should purchase a ticket from a working machine.

Reasons considered invalid for appeal when the offence is 'Fail to Pay':

  • believing that because the meter was broken there were no restrictions
  • assuming the meter was not working
  • leaving the vehicle to get change or running out of change
  • leaving the vehicle because you, or a passenger, needed to use the toilet
  • being delayed at an appointment or being in a hurry
  • making an error when using the meter
  • parking for a very short time without payment.

In a No Stopping Area

No stopping zones are placed in busy traffic and high pedestrian areas especially around school to protect the safety of pedestrians and keep traffic moving. Stopping to let someone out, or into a car regardless of whether you leave the engine running or stay in the vehicle, is not allowed. “No Stopping” means no stopping at all.

Reasons considered invalid for appeal when the offence is 'Stopped in a no stopping area':

  • stopping for a very short time
  • stopping to let a passenger in or out for any reason such as bad weather
  • stopping to answer your mobile phone
  • dropping children off late for school
  • finding no room at the school pick-up/drop-off area
  • stopping to make a quick delivery or collection.

Other types of parking offences

Not all parking restrictions are required to have signage displayed. 

For example, a vehicle must not stop if it is:

  • double-parked
  • inside an intersection
  • across a lane or private driveway
  • on the wrong side of the road
  • on a footpath, reserve or naturestrip
  • in a bus or transit lane
  • obstructing the flow of traffic or leave less than 3 metres of road clearance for traffic to pass
  • opposite a continuous solid white line, unless there is 3 metres of road clearance between your car and the line for traffic to pass
  • within 10 metres of an intersection.

Parking fines need to be paid within 28 days. If you believe there is a good reason for you not to pay the fine, you can ask for a review

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