Keeping your roads moving

In May 2015, the Government announced a $2.4 million funding increase for VicRoads to undertake additional clearway towing in 2015/16.  This was in addition to the $2.5m in 2014/15 which enables more illegally parked vehicles to be towed.

clearway signClearway towing occurs on 77 of the busiest arterial routes within a 10km radius of Melbourne's CBD to assist with traffic flow during peak periods.  VicRoads has been operating clearway towing since 2008.

Clearway towing removes illegally parked cars from clearways on busy roads during the peak traffic periods.  Keeping clearways free of parked vehicles is important to keep your roads moving in busy times.  Many of the roads with clearways are also major public transport routes.

Its important to check for any Clearway signs when parking your vehicle.  Drivers whose vehicles are towed must pay a release fee of $334, which covers the contract towing costs and administration costs incurred by VicRoads.

For an overview of the penalties if you park in a clearway view Tow-Away Zones

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What is clearway towing?

Clearway towing is when illegally parked vehicles are removed from clearways which are designated as tow away zones.  Clearway zones are in place to ensure that peak hour traffic continues to flow unhindered by parked cars.

VicRoads has been undertaking clearway towing on 77 of the busiest arterial routes within a 10km radius of the Melbourne CBD since 2008. 

Why does VicRoads conduct clearway towing?

The purpose of clearway towing is to remove illegally parked cars from clearways on busy roads during the peak traffic periods. Keeping clearways clear is important for improving road safety, reducing travel delays and driver frustration. Many of the roads with clearways are also major public transport routes. 

How will towing more vehicles from clearways improve congestion and road safety? 

The purpose of clearway towing is to remove illegally parked cars from clearway zones on busy roads during the peak traffic periods. 

Maintaining clearway zones is important to improve road safety, reduce travel delays and lessen driver frustration. 

Many of the roads with clearway zones are also major public transport routes.

What is the release fee for a vehicle that has been towed?

Drivers whose vehicles are towed must pay a release fee of $334, which covers the contract towing and administration costs incurred by VicRoads.  Contract towing, vehicle transfers, vehicle storage and auction fees = $297, VicRoads Admin fee = $37 (Note 1).

If a vehicle is not collected within five days, a $15.90 daily storage fee will apply.  This fee is paid to the storage facility.
Note 1 – These are approximate

How much money does VicRoads/Government make from clearway towing each year and where does it go?  

VicRoads receives funding from the State Government to cover the costs to deliver the service by Nationwide Towing, as well as administration costs incurred by VicRoads.  

The vehicle release fees paid by illegally parked motorists funds the tow away operation. 

Clearway towing is essentially “cost neutral”; neither VicRoads nor the Government receive income from this function. 

How many roads with clearway towing zones are there across Melbourne? 

There are 77 key arterial routes with clearway towing zones within a 10km radius of the Melbourne CBD. 

Does VicRoads target specific clearways?

VicRoads undertakes clearway towing on all designated clearway tow away zones under its jurisdiction. However, more emphasis is placed on those routes which carry the greatest traffic volumes or those which are experiencing a high level of non-compliance with the parking restrictions.

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