Parking

A summary of the key road rules in Victoria about parking.

On this page you'll find information about types of parking, parking lines and zones and other stopping and parking rules.

Penalties

If drivers are caught breaking these rules they may be given fines and in some cases be responsible for towing and storage fees.

The rules in detail

The Victorian road rules are published in Road Safety Road Rules 2009

The key section of the road rules regarding parking is:

  • Part 12 – Restrictions on stopping and parking.

20 metres

Unless there is a sign saying that you can, you are not allowed to park, stop or leave your vehicle within 20 metres of:

  • either side of an intersection with traffic lights 
  • either side of a level crossing
  • the approach side of a bus stop
  • the approach side of a children’s crossing
  • the approach side of a pedestrian crossing that is not at an intersection
  • the approach side of a tram stop sign.

10 metres

Unless there is a sign saying that you can, you are not allowed to park, stop or leave your vehicle within 10 metres of:

  • either side of an intersection without traffic lights 
  • either side of a safety zone
  • the approach side of traffic lights not at an intersection
  • the departure side of a bus stop sign
  • the departure side of a pedestrian crossing that is not at an intersection
  • the departure side of a children’s crossing.

3 metres

Unless there is a sign saying that you can, you are not allowed to park, stop or leave your vehicle within 3 metres of:

  • an Australia Post mail box 
  • the departure side of a crossing with traffic lights not at an intersection.

1 metre

Unless there is a sign saying that you can, you are not allowed to park, stop or leave your vehicle within 1 metre of a fire hydrant.

You are not allowed to park, stop or leave your vehicle:

  • double parked 
  • within an intersection (except on the continuous side of a continuing road of a T-intersection)
  • on a freeway (except in an emergency stopping lane)
  • across a lane or private driveway (except for 2 minutes to pick up or drop off passengers. You must not leave your vehicle unattended)
  • if there is fewer than 3 metres of clear road left for other traffic 
  • on a footpath, nature strip or reservation (unless the vehicle is a motorcycle or bicycle)
  • in a bus lane 
  • on a curve or crest of a hill outside a built-up area, unless your vehicle is visible for 100 metres from behind, or there is a sign allowing it
  • in a slip lane, unless a sign allows it.

If you are parallel parking within a marked parking space you must park:

  • completely within the parking bay 
  • in line with and close to the kerb
  • facing in the direction of vehicles on your side of the road.

If you are parallel parking and there are no spaces marked, you must park:

  • in line with and close to the kerb 
  • facing in the direction of vehicles on your side of the road
  • leave at least 1 metre between your vehicle and those in front and behind you.

If you leave at least 3 metres of clear road between your car and dividing line or strip and unless there is a sign saying you can't, you can park opposite:

  • double continuous dividing lines (double lines) 
  • a single continuous dividing line
  • a single continuous line to the left or right of a broken dividing line
  • a dividing strip.

If you can park opposite a broken line you do not need to leave 3 metres of space between your car and the line. However, you must leave 3 metres clear beside your car so another vehicle can pass.

If a parking sign shows that you need to park on an angle, you must park your car on the angle shown on the sign or in the marked spaces.

If there isn't an angle shown on the sign, and no marked spaces, you must park at a 45 degree angle.

You need to pay a fee to park in some spaces.

If the parking sign shows that you need to buy a ticket or put money in a parking meter you must:

  • pay the fee 
  • obey the instructions on the sign, the meter or ticket machine.

When parking in spaces in the centre of the road you must:

  • drive in forwards 
  • drive out forwards.

You are not allowed to reverse out of these parking spaces, unless a sign says you can.

You are not allowed to park in parking bays that have a disabled parking sign or road marking, unless you have a valid disabled parking permit.

See our disability parking page for more information about disability parking and permits.

You cannot park for longer than the time shown on a parking sign.

When moving your car to another parking spot, you must move it out of the area or length of road controlled by the parking sign.

The parking time limits on the sign only apply during the times shown. Outside of those times, you can park with no restrictions, unless there are other signs saying you can't.

If there is a 'no parking' sign, you can stop for 2 minutes in that area:

  • if you are picking up or dropping off passengers or goods 
  • you stay within 3 metres of your vehicle.

If you stop in, or partly in, an area showing a no parking sign and you are not picking up or dropping off passengers or goods, you are considered to be parked and can be fined. This is the case even if you stay with your vehicle.

no parking sign

If there is a 'no stopping' sign, you are not allowed to stop or park your car in, or partly in, that area for any reason.

no stopping sign

You must not stop in a Clearway (length of road showing a 'clearway' sign) during the times and days shown on the sign.

The driver of a public bus or taxi may stop in a Clearway to drop off or pick up passengers.

See our tow-away zones page for more information.

clearway sign

Zone signs allow some vehicles park or stop in an area.

Loading zone

You can stop in a loading zone for up to 30 minutes or as otherwise signed if you are dropping off, or picking up, goods or passengers and driving a:

  • goods-carrying vehicle 
  • courier or signed delivery vehicle
  • truck which is dropping off or picking up goods 
  • bus or vehicle which has seating positions for 10,11 or 12 adults (including the driver) that is being used to carry passengers for hire or reward
  • public bus
  • licensed commercial passenger vehicles such as taxis, hire cars or other special purpose vehicles

Other drivers must not stop in a loading zone, even if loading or unloading.

Truck zone

Only trucks with a gross vehicle mass over 4.5 tonnes can park or stop in a truck zone.

Bus zone

Only public buses can park or stop in a bus zone.

Taxi zone

Only taxis can park or stop in a taxi zone.

Permit zone

Only vehicles displaying a valid permit (issued by the relevant authority) can park or stop in a permit zone.

Works zone

Only vehicles involved in construction work in or near the works zone can park or stop in these zones.

Mail zone

Only postal vehicles can park or stop in a mail zone.

You must not stop or park your vehicle:

  • next to a continuous yellow edge line 
  • where there is a 'Keep clear' road marking
  • on a painted island.

See our Car doors & bike riders page for rules about opening car doors after you have parked.

All parking and stopping rules apply even if your vehicle has broken down or if you have your hazard warning lights on.

Under the Road Safety Act 1986, the Minister for Roads and Road Safety may, at the request of any public authority or other person prescribed under the Road Safety (General) Regulations 2009, make an Order extending parts of the Road Safety Act 1986 and regulations made under that Act to any land or premises vested in, or under the control of, that authority or person.

This power has been exercised, at the request of Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd, in relation to a number of Park and Ride facilities located at Metro Trains railway stations throughout Melbourne. As a result, all of the Road Rules apply to those areas as if they were roads (including the stopping and parking rules contained in Part 12 of the Road Rules), and these rules can be enforced by authorised Metro Trains employees (as well as by police).

Certain offences in the Road Safety Act 1986 also apply to those areas.

Details of exactly which provisions of the Road Safety Act 1986 and the regulations made under that Act apply in the Park and Ride facilities are set out in the Orders themselves. 

On 23 December 2014, an Order was made that partly revoked and amended a number of Orders previously made in relation to the Park and Ride facilities at certain Metro Train railway stations in Melbourne.

This Order was published in the Victoria Government Gazette No. S 465 on 30 December 2014. The earlier Orders partly revoked or amended by this Order were published in the following editions of the Victoria Government Gazette:

  • No. S 303 on 3 September 2009
  • No. G 48 on 1 December 2011
  • No G 31 on 1 August 2013.

Copies of all notices are available for download at the Victoria Government Gazette website at Government Gazette

If a notice is published in the Victoria Government Gazette that amends a notice published in an earlier edition of the gazette, the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 requires that an up to date consolidated version of the amended notice be published on the internet and be made available for inspection by any person free of charge during office hours at the principal office of the entity responsible for the notice.

The entity responsible for the placement of the notice is VicRoads.

In accordance with this requirement, below are links to up to date consolidated versions of the legislative instruments amended by the Order made under section 98(1) of the Road Safety Act 1986 published in Victoria Government Gazette No. S 465 on 30 December 2014.

• No. S 303 on 3 September 2009 [PDF 1.3 Mb]
• No. G 48 on 1 December 2011 [PDF 1.4 Mb]; and
• No. G 31 on 1 August 2013 [PDF 659 Kb].


Copies of the up to date consolidated versions of the Orders may be inspected at VicRoads Head Office, 60 Denmark Street, Kew, Victoria.

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