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Parking rules in NSW

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Parking rules in NSW

The New South Wales parking rules (as set out in Section 12 of the NSW Road Rules 2014) apply when parking on the public roads of Marrickville.

General parking rules

You must not stop your vehicle (i.e. bring it to a stop and either stay with the vehicle or leave it parked) in the following circumstances:

  • Double parked (i.e. in the roadway alongside a car that is parked)
  • On or across a driveway (unless dropping off or picking up passengers for no longer than 2 minutes)
  • On or across a footpath
  • On a median strip or traffic island
  • On motorways
  • In a clearway
  • On footpaths and nature strips
  • At a bus stop or within 20 metres before and 10 metres after a bus stop, or in a marked bus zone, taxi stand, or taxi zone.
  • In a safety zone or within 10 metres before or after a safety zone
  • Within an intersection
  • In a slip lane
  • On or within 20 metres before or 10 metres after a pedestrian crossing, marked foot crossing or children's crossing, unless a sign allows you to park there
  • Within 20 metres of an intersecting road at an intersection with traffic lights, unless a sign allows you to park there
  • Within 1 metre of another vehicle parked in front or behind (does not apply when angle parking)
  • Within 10 metres of an intersecting road at an intersection without traffic lights unless a sign allows you to park there

You must not stop your vehicle within 20 metres of an intersecting road at an intersection with traffic lights, unless a sign allows you to park there

  • Within 3 metres of any double centre lines
  • Within 3 metres of an Australia Post letter box, unless dropping off or picking up passengers or mail

You must not stop your vehicle within 3 metres of an Australia Post letter box, unless dropping off or picking up passengers or mail.

  • Within 20 metres before and 10 metres after a bus stop

You must not stop your vehicle within 20 metres before and 10 metres after a bus stop

  • On or within 20 metres before and 10 metres after a children's crossing or pedestrian crossing

You must not stop your vehicle on or within 20 metres before and 10 metres after a children's crossing or pedestrian crossing

  • Within 10 metres before and 3 metres after a marked foot crossing with traffic signals
  • Within one metre of a fire hydrant, fire hydrant indicator or fire plug indicator
  • When you are parking on a hill or a curve outside a built-up area, make sure that someone coming over the hill or around the bend can see your car from at least 100 metres away
  • Before opening your door, check your mirrors and blind spots for pedestrians, bicycles or other vehicles

Never leave children in a parked vehicle

Do not leave children alone in a vehicle. A baby left in a hot car is at risk of dehydration or death. A toddler can release the handbrake or set fire to things with the lighter.

Do not leave pets in a closed car. As with children, pets left in hot cars are at risk of dehydration or death.

Mobility parkingAccessible parking

Only vehicles transporting a current Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permit holder can park in areas displaying this sign. The MPS permit must be displayed in the parked vehicle. MPS permit holders must comply with the conditions of use of the MPS permit.

Where these signs appear within a taxi or loading zone, MPS permit holders may be exempt.

See the mobility parking page on the NSW Roads and Maritime website for more information.

Parking restrictions

Fines apply for disobeying parking restrictions and, in some situations, demerit points also apply. Illegal parking in places such as clearways or no parking zones can restrict traffic flow or create danger and inconvenience for other road users and residents.

No parkingNo parking

You must not stop for more than 2 minutes in a no parking area. You must remain in or within 3 metres of the vehicle.

Hours of operations may apply to some signs. This means restrictions apply for those times only.

Mobility Parking Permit holders are allowed to park for up to 5 minutes in a no parking area.

Fines apply for disobeying parking restrictions and, in some situations, demerit points also apply

No stopping and no standing signsNo stopping/no standing

You must not stop your vehicle at any point on the road or kerb marked by no stopping or no standing signs, unless there is a medical or other emergency.

Sometimes a no stopping area is indicated by a solid yellow edge line.

Hours of operation may apply to some signs. This means restrictions apply for those times only.

Resident parking

The Marrickville area has 16 separate permit parking areas, and some places which are not currently in a permit parking area. Each permit parking area has a specific area code shown on the street signs.

People who live in eligible properties in the 16 areas can apply for a permit to park beyond the time limit shown on the signs.

Visit the parking permits page for more information.

Clearway signageClearway and special event clearway

A clearway is used to improve traffic flow and safety during peak periods.

You must not stop your vehicle at the kerb between these signs during the times shown unless there is a medical emergency. Buses, taxis and hire cars may stop at the kerb to pick up or set down passengers.

Taxi and bus zones

Taxi zone

You are not allowed to stop your vehicle in a taxi zone unless it is a taxi. Hours of operation may apply to some bus zones – in these cases, taxi zone restrictions only apply within those hours.

When you hail a taxi, make sure you are not in a no stopping area or a bus zone, as taxis are not permited to stop in these places.

Bus zoneBus zone

You are not allowed to stop your vehicle in a bus zone unless you are driving a bus. Hours of operation may apply to some bus zones – in these cases, bus zone restrictions only apply within those hours.

Loading zoneLoading zone

Only drivers of vehicles principally constructed for carrying goods are allowed to park in a loading zone. These vehicles may stop for up to 30 minutes if they are being loaded or unloaded.

A station wagon or a 3-wheeled goods vehicle may stop in a loading zone for up to 15 minutes.

If you are driving any other sort of vehicle, you may only stop to pick up or set down passengers at the kerb.

Hours of operation may apply to some signs. This means restrictions apply for those times only.

Parking offences in school zones

Increased fines – and in some cases, demerit points – apply for some parking offences when committed in a school zone.

Parking of trucks in residential areas

Vehicles longer than 7.5 metres or heavier than 4.5 tonne may park in built-up areas for only 1 hour at a time.

Trailer parking

Trailers (e.g. boat trailers, box trailers, caravans) are defined in the NSW Road Rules 2014 as vehicles. They may be parked at any location, provided that there are no signposted or statutory parking controls at that location.