Parking in Australia
Rules and regulations regarding parking on streets and car parks in Australia...
When parking in Australia, check the road signs to ensure that the vehicle is parked correctly. Failure to abide by the signs may result in receiving a parking ticket.
There are a few signs to be aware of when parking, which include:
- No Stopping, where motorists may only stop due to the traffic conditions; for example, queuing for traffic lights
- No Standing, where motorists may not park a car unless they remain in the vehicle and for no more than three minutes
Parking signs in Australia may specify multiple times, places, durations, restrictions and vehicle categories in a condensed form on a single sign. A guide to the most common is below:
- '1/2P', '1P', '3P': Vehicles can be parked here for half an hour, one hour, or three hours
- '15 minute', '20 minute', '45 minute': Vehicles may be parked here only for the specified number of minutes
- 'P' (no number): Permissive parking zone
- Arrow: Instructions apply to the space left or right of the sign, depending on the arrow's direction
- '630AM-730PM Mon-Fri': Vehicles may be parked here only at the specified times - in this case, between 06:30 and 19:30 from Monday to Friday
- 'Ticket': A parking ticket must be bought at a nearby vending machine, and displayed inside the windscreen on the passenger side
- 'S' behind a diagonal red line within a red circle: No stopping
- 'bus zone' / 'loading zone': Only buses or goods vehicles may stop here
- 'permit zone': Only vehicles with a valid council permit may be parked here
A sign (or section of a sign) with '1P', '9AM-530PM Mon-Fri', '9AM-12Noon Sat' and an arrow pointing to the left indicates that drivers may park to the left of the sign for one hour between 9:00 to 17:30 from Monday to Friday, and between 09:00 to 12:00 on Saturday.
Payment for parking is generally taken at parking machines close to where the car is parked, and is usually based on an hourly rate. Some car parks still have a parking attendant, but the majority will have payment machines on site.
- For further information on parking signs from Adelaide City Council: Click here (PDF)