Parking

Since 2002, NSW councils have been responsible for the enforcement of parking legislation within their local areas. While public safety is a primary concern, managing traffic flow and providing equitable access to available parking are major issues for many councils, particularly in urban and/or high tourist areas such as Ballina Shire.

Council's enforcement of the On-Street Parking Program concentrates on the time restricted CBD areas of Ballina, Lennox Head and Alstonville and aims to increase public safety and access to local businesses in these high demand areas. It is also important that people with disabilities are able to park close enough to be able to access goods and services and be able to park in the designated disabled parking spaces provided.

Similarly, the safety of children in and around schools is particularly important with school zones being areas where there is a lot of interaction between vehicles and pedestrians, together with children being small and often difficult to see. Children may often behave unpredictably because of their age and lack of experience corresponding with difficulty judging dangerous situations and they are considered to be vulnerable road users.

Council's “School Zone Parking” Program is a combination of education and enforcement and is conducted during all school terms at the 21 school zones located in the Shire. The objective of this program is to ensure that ‘no child is injured or killed whist travelling to and from school’.

Rules for Safe and Legal Parking

  • Read all signs - regulated parking areas are clearly sign posted to advise motorist of parking requirements for that particular area, pay particular attention to multiple signs and time restrictions.
  • “No Parking” areas can be utilised for drop off and pick up zones were the driver does not stay longer than 2 minutes and is within 3 metres of the vehicle.
  • Be aware of signage changes as some timed zones may become School Zones, Clearways, Transit Lanes or Bus Lanes at different times of the day.
  • Do not stop at anytime in a No Stopping zone, Clearway or Bus Zone.
  • Only park in a Loading Zone if your vehicle is principally designed for the carrying of goods. Sedans are not permitted at any time.
  • Disabled Zones are designated for vehicles with a valid RTA Mobility Parking Scheme permit, which has to be displayed clearly on your vehicle in the correct manner (the penalty is excess of $596).
  • Ask a Council Ranger for assistance or advice regarding parking rules - they are only too happy to provide assistance and advice, directions and general information about parking related matters.

Received a Parking Fine? Check the information below first. Some examples:

Parking Rules

No Stopping
The NO STOPPING sign means you are not permitted to stop unless traffic conditions require it (e.g. in a queue of traffic). These zones are created for public safety. Dropping off of passengers or goods in these zones is an offence.

Bus Zones
A driver must not stop in a BUS ZONE unless the driver is driving a public bus, in the course of a paid regular service.

Taxi Zone
In a TAXI ZONE, you are not permitted to stop unless you are driving a TAXI.

No Parking
The NO PARKING symbol means you may stop for a maximum of two minutes. The driver must be in attendance with the vehicle and not more than three metres from the vehicle. This is to allow a vehicle to pick up or drop off passengers and goods. (e.g. dropping children off at school within No Parking Zones.)

Loading Zones
Loading Zones are clearly signed parking areas set aside for short term use by certain vehicles when loading and unloading goods in the course of business or when dropping off or picking up passengers. Loading Zones are generally located in urban centres for the use of vehicles principally designed for carrying goods. Loading zones may apply during certain hours only, or they may operate 24 hours.

Station Wagons and three-wheeled motorcycles (principally designed for carrying goods) may park in a loading zone for up to 15 minutes only. The majority of 4WD, hatchback and other coupe and sport type vehicles are not defined as a station wagon under the NSW regulations as they are not principally designed and constructed for carrying goods, and are excluded from being allowed to park in these zones.
Time Limited Parking Areas
A time limit may be stated on permissive parking signs. This enables anyone to use the available parking area for a set period. The limited time is shown by a number beside the letter 'P' symbol (e.g. '1P' means one hour parking; '1/2P' half hour parking etc). Where the limit is very short (e.g. 5 minutes) the word MINUTE or MIN is shown with the number. Once the time limit has been reached the vehicle must leave the area.

NOTE: The time limit displayed limits how long you may park in an area and does not refer to the individual parking space. Vehicles must leave the area (time zone) in which they are parked to comply with the time restriction.)

 

  Parking On Footpaths, On and Across Driveways
Under Road Rule 2008 it is an offence for a motor vehicle to stop on a path/strip in a built up area unless there are permissible parking signs or a hard bay surface constructed for the purpose of motor vehicle parking. It is also an offence to park on or across a driveway or other property entrance.

Council will exercise discretion in enforcing the rules in some streets where circumstances warrant such discretion.

Parking For Disabled Drivers
The Federal, State and Territory governments introduced the Australian Disability Parking Permit in 2010, a first step in the harmonisation of all state and territory disability parking programs. It has been introduced in response to feedback from a national consultation process that showed overwhelming support for a common permit design.

From 20 September 2010 all disability parking permits issued in NSW will consist of an MPS permit and an Australian Disability Parking Permit.

If you already hold a current MPS permit, it is not affected and will remain valid until its expiry date, unless it is revoked earlier. If you have not already received the new Australian Disability Parking Permit in the post, you will need to take your valid MPS permit to your nearest motor registry.

The Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) provides parking concessions to people with mobility disabilities.

The NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) issues a licence-style card that includes the cardholder’s photograph, and other security features such as a hologram and a 'ghost' photo image. Proof of identity is required to ensure only eligible people receive a card.

Disabled drivers with a Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permit displayed on the windscreen are entitled to the following parking concessions:

  • When parking is limited by a sign to more than 30 minutes, the vehicle can park all day.
  • Where parking is limited by a sign for 30 minutes, the vehicle can park for 2hrs.
  • Where parking is limited by a sign to less than 30 minutes, the vehicle can park for a maximum of 30 minutes.

All disability parking permits issued in NSW will consist of an MPS permit and an Australian Disability Permit. You must display the new Australian Disability Parking Permit along with your NSW MPS permit to be eligible for parking concessions. The permit must only be displayed when the vehicle is being used to transport the permit holder. Heavy fines apply for misuse.

Full details regarding obtaining and using MPS permits are available from the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (formerly known as the Roads and Traffic Authority)

Further Information

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