Road Rules 2008
Historical version for 12 July 2010 to 15 July 2010 (accessed 26 December 2014 at 07:40) Repealed version
Part 12Division 6

Division 6 Other places where stopping is restricted

Note 1. Area, length of road, park and stop are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2. Rule 165 provides defences to the prosecution of a driver for an offence against a provision of this Division.

187   Stopping in a bicycle lane, bus lane, tram lane, tramway, transit lane, truck lane or on tram tracks

(1)  A driver must not stop in a bus lane, transit lane or truck lane unless the driver:
(a)  is driving a public bus, public minibus or taxi, and is dropping off or picking up, passengers, and
(b)  is permitted to drive in the lane under these Rules or another law of this jurisdiction.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

(2)  A driver must not stop in a bicycle lane unless:
(a)  the driver:
(i)  is driving a public bus, public minibus or taxi, and is dropping off or picking up, passengers, and
(ii)  is permitted to drive in the lane under these Rules or another law of this jurisdiction, or
(b)  the driver is permitted to stop or park in the bicycle lane under another law of this jurisdiction.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

(3)  A driver (except the driver of a tram, a tram recovery vehicle or a public bus) must not stop in a tram lane, a tramway or on tram tracks.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note 1. Bicycle lane is defined in rule 153, bus lane is defined in rule 154, tram lane is defined in rule 155, tramway is defined in rule 155A, transit lane is defined in rule 156, truck lane is defined in rule 157, and public bus, taxi, tram and tram tracks are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2. The term public minibus is not a term that is used in this jurisdiction. The reference to that term in this rule is retained in order to preserve uniformity with the Australian Road Rules.
Note 3. Rule 76 deals with drivers keeping clear of trams travelling in tram lanes or on tram tracks marked on each side by a yellow line.
Note 4. Part 11, Division 6 deals with driving in bicycle lanes, bus lanes, tram lanes, tramways, transit lanes and truck lanes.

188   Stopping in a shared zone

A driver must not stop in a shared zone unless:
(a)  the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules, or
(b)  the driver stops in a parking bay and the driver is permitted to stop in the parking bay under these Rules, or
(c)  the driver is dropping off, or picking up, passengers or goods, or
(d)  the driver is engaged in the door-to-door delivery or collection of goods, or in the collection of waste or garbage.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note. Parking bay and parking control sign are defined in the Dictionary, and shared zone is defined in rule 24.

189   Double parking

(1)  A driver must not stop on a road:
(a)  if the road is a two-way road—between the centre of the road and another vehicle that is parked at the side of the road, or
(b)  if the road is a one-way road—between the far side of the road and another vehicle that is parked at the side of the road.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note. One-way road and two-way road are defined in the Dictionary.
(2)  A driver does not contravene this rule by parking on the side of the road, or in a median strip parking area, in accordance with rule 210.
Note. Median strip parking area is defined in the Dictionary.
Examples. 

Example 1

Example 2

In example 1, the vehicle marked with an “X” is stopped in contravention of this rule.

In example 2, the angle parked vehicles are not stopped in contravention of this rule.

190   Stopping in or near a safety zone

(1)  A driver must not stop in a safety zone, or on a road within 10 metres before or after a safety zone, unless the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note 1. Parking control sign is defined in the Dictionary, and safety zone is defined in rule 162.
Note 2. A driver stops within a particular distance before or after something if the driver stops so any part of the vehicle is within that distance—see rule 350 (2).
(2)  For this rule, distances are measured:
(a)  in the direction in which the driver is driving, and
(b)  from the end of the structure, and
(c)  as shown in the example.
(3)  In this rule:

road does not include a road-related area, but includes any shoulder of the road.

Note. Road related area is defined in rule 13, and shoulder is defined in rule 12.
 

Safety zone sign

Example. 

Measurement of distance—safety zone

In the example, the vehicles marked with an “X” are stopped in contravention of this rule.

191   Stopping near an obstruction

A driver must not stop on a road near an obstruction on the road in a position that obstructs traffic on the road.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note. Obstruction is defined in the Dictionary.

192   Stopping on a bridge or in a tunnel etc

(1)  A driver must not stop on a bridge, causeway, ramp or similar structure unless:
(a)  the road is at least as wide on the structure as it is on each of the approaches, or
(b)  the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note. Parking control sign is defined in the Dictionary.
(2)  A driver must not stop in a tunnel or underpass unless:
(a)  the road is at least as wide in the tunnel or underpass as it is on each of the approaches, or
(b)  the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Example. 

Stopping on a bridge where the road on the bridge is narrower than on an approach

In the example, the vehicle is stopped in contravention of subrule (1).

193   Stopping on a crest or curve outside a built-up area

(1)  A driver must not stop on or near a crest or curve on a length of road that is not in a built-up area unless:
(a)  the driver’s vehicle is visible for 100 metres to drivers approaching the vehicle and travelling in the direction of travel of traffic on the same side of the road as the vehicle, or
(b)  the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note. Built-up area, driver’s vehicle and parking control sign are defined in the Dictionary.
(2)  In this rule:

road does not include a road related area, but includes any shoulder of the road.

Note. Road related area is defined in rule 13, and shoulder is defined in rule 12.

194   Stopping near a fire hydrant etc

(1)  A driver must not stop within 1 metre of a fire hydrant, fire hydrant indicator, or fire plug indicator, unless:
(a)  the driver is driving a public bus, and the driver stops at a bus stop or in a bus zone and does not leave the bus unattended, or
(b)  the driver is driving a taxi, and the driver stops in a taxi zone and does not leave the taxi unattended, or
(c)  the driver is driving a public minibus, and the driver stops in a minibus zone and does not leave the minibus unattended.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note 1. Bus zone is defined in rule 183, public bus and taxi are defined in the Dictionary, minibus zone is defined in rule 184, and taxi zone is defined in rule 182.
Note 2. Neither minibus zones nor the term public minibus are used in this jurisdiction. The references to those terms in this subrule are retained in order to preserve uniformity with the Australian Road Rules.
(2)  For this rule, a driver leaves a vehicle unattended if the driver leaves the vehicle so the driver is over 3 metres from the closest point of the vehicle.
(3)  In this rule:

fire hydrant means an upright pipe with a spout, nozzle or other outlet for drawing water from a main or service pipe in case of fire or other emergency.

Examples. 

Fire hydrant indicators

Fire plug indicator

195   Stopping at or near a bus stop

(1)  A driver (except the driver of a public bus) must not stop at a bus stop, or on the road, within 20 metres before a sign on the road that indicates the bus stop, and 10 metres after the sign, unless the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note 1. Parking control sign and public bus are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2. A driver stops within a particular distance before or after a sign indicating a bus stop if the driver stops so any part of the driver’s vehicle is within that distance—see rule 350 (2).
(1–1)  A driver of a public bus must not stop at a bus stop, or on the road, within 20 metres before a sign on the road that indicates the bus stop, and 10 metres after the sign, unless the driver:
(a)  is dropping off, or picking up, passengers, or
(b)  is stopping for the purposes of a regular bus service, or
(c)  stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note 1. Parking control sign, public bus and regular bus service are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2. This subrule is an additional NSW subrule. There is no corresponding subrule in rule 195 of the Australian Road Rules.
(2)  For this rule, distances are measured in the direction in which the driver is driving.
(3)  In this rule:

road does not include a road related area, but includes any shoulder of the road.

Note. Road related area is defined in rule 13, and shoulder is defined in rule 12.

196   Stopping at or near a tram stop

(1)  A driver (except the driver of a tram, a tram recovery vehicle or a public bus travelling along tram tracks) must not stop at a tram stop or on the road within 20 metres before a sign that indicates a tram stop, unless:
(a)  the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies, and
(b)  the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note 1. Parking control sign, public bus, tram and travelling along tram tracks are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2. A driver stops within a particular distance before a sign indicating a tram stop if the driver stops so any part of the driver’s vehicle is within that distance—see rule 350 (2).
(2)  For this rule, the distance is measured in the direction in which the driver is driving.
(3)  In this rule:

road does not include a road related area, but includes any shoulder of the road.

Note. Road related area is defined in rule 13, and shoulder is defined in rule 12.

197   Stopping on a path, dividing strip, nature strip or painted island

(1)  A driver must not stop on a bicycle path, footpath, shared path or dividing strip, or a nature strip adjacent to a length of road in a built-up area, unless:
(a)  the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules, or
(b)  the driver is permitted to stop under another law of this jurisdiction.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note 1. Bicycle path is defined in rule 239, built-up area, dividing strip, footpath, nature strip and parking control sign are defined in the Dictionary, and shared path is defined in rule 242.
Note 2. A separated footpath is a particular kind of footpath—see rule 239.
(1A)  A driver must not stop on a painted island.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note 1. Painted island is defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2. Rule 85 deals with the give way rules applying to a driver entering a turning lane from a painted island and rule 138 deals with keeping off painted islands.
(2)  Subrule (1) does not apply to the rider of a bicycle or animal.
Note. Bicycle is defined in the Dictionary.

198   Obstructing access to and from a footpath, driveway etc

(1)  A driver must not stop on a road in a position that obstructs access by vehicles or pedestrians to or from a footpath ramp or a similar way of access to a footpath, or a bicycle path or passageway unless:
(a)  the driver is driving a public bus that is dropping off, or picking up, passengers, or
(b)  the driver stops in a parking bay and the driver is permitted to stop in the parking bay under these Rules.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note. Bicycle path is defined in rule 239, and footpath, parking bay and public bus are defined in the Dictionary.
(2)  A driver must not stop on or across a driveway or other way of access for vehicles travelling to or from adjacent land unless:
(a)  the driver:
(i)  is dropping off, or picking up, passengers, and
(ii)  does not leave the vehicle unattended, and
(iii)  completes the dropping off, or picking up, of the passengers, and drives on, as soon as possible and, in any case, within 2 minutes after stopping, or
(b)  the driver stops in a parking bay and the driver is permitted to stop in the parking bay under these Rules.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note 1. Adjacent land is defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2. A driver stops on or across a driveway or way of access if any part of the vehicle is on or across the driveway or way of access—see rule 350.
Example. 

Blocking a driveway

In the example, the vehicle marked with an “X” is stopped in contravention of subrule (2).

(3)  For this rule, a driver leaves a vehicle unattended if the driver leaves the vehicle so that the driver is over 3 metres from the closest point of the vehicle.

199   Stopping near a postbox

(1)  A driver must not stop on a road within 3 metres of a public postbox, unless the driver:
(a)  is dropping off, or picking up, passengers or mail, or
(b)  stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note 1. Parking control sign and public postbox are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2. Rule 199 (2) of the Australian Road Rules, which contains a definition of public postbox, has not been reproduced in these Rules. The definition in the Australian Road Rules allows the term to be defined in another law of this jurisdiction. Accordingly, a definition of the term is set out in the Dictionary.

200   Stopping on roads—heavy and long vehicles

(1)  The driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, must not stop on a length of road that is not in a built-up area, except on the shoulder of the road.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note. Built-up area is defined in the Dictionary, and shoulder is defined in rule 12.
(2)  The driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, must not stop on a length of road in a built-up area for longer than 1 hour, unless the driver is permitted to stop on the length of road for longer than 1 hour by information on or with a traffic control device, or under subrule (2A), (2A–1) or (2A–2).

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note 1. Traffic control device and with are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2. Subrule (2) is not uniform with the corresponding subrule in rule 200 of the Australian Road Rules. However, the corresponding subrule in the Australian Road Rules allows another law of this jurisdiction to permit a driver of a heavy vehicle or long vehicle to stop on a length of road in a built-up area for longer than 1 hour. Different rules may apply in other Australian jurisdictions.
(2A)  The driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, other than a bus, is permitted to stop on a length of road in a built up area for longer than 1 hour if, throughout the period when the vehicle is stopped on the length of road, the driver is engaged in dropping off, or picking up, goods.
(2A–1)  The driver of a heavy vehicle, or a long vehicle, is permitted to stop on a length of road in a built-up area for longer than 1 hour if:
(a)  the driver is carrying out functions under the road transport legislation, or
(b)  the driver is complying with a direction given by a police officer or other person carrying out functions under the road transport legislation, or
(c)  the heavy vehicle or long vehicle is a bus.
Note 1. Bus and road transport legislation are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2. This subrule is an additional NSW subrule. There is no corresponding subrule in rule 200 of the Australian Road Rules.
(2A–2)  The driver of a heavy vehicle, or a long vehicle, is permitted to stop on a length of road in a built-up area for longer than 1 hour if the vehicle is stopped for a purpose that is ancillary to or connected with the lawful carrying out of a filming project (within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1993) that is approved under that Act.
Note. This subrule is an additional NSW subrule. There is no corresponding subrule in rule 200 of the Australian Road Rules.
(3)  In this rule:

heavy vehicle means a vehicle with a GVM of 4.5 tonnes or more.

long vehicle means a vehicle that, together with any load or projection, is 7.5 metres long, or longer.

road does not include a road related area, but includes any shoulder of the road.

Note 1. GVM is defined in the Act, road related area is defined in rule 13, and shoulder is defined in rule 12.
Note 2. Vehicle includes a combination—see rule 15 (d).

201   Stopping on a road with bicycle parking sign

A driver (except the rider of a bicycle) must not stop on a length of road to which a bicycle parking sign applies, unless the driver is dropping off, or picking up, passengers.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note. Bicycle is defined in the Dictionary.
 

Bicycle parking sign

Note for diagram. Anything on this sign may be differently arranged—see rule 316 (4).

202   Stopping on a road with motor bike parking sign

A driver (except the rider of a motor bike) must not stop on a length of road to which a motor bike parking sign applies, unless the driver is dropping off, or picking up, passengers.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note. Motor bike is defined in the Dictionary.
 

Motor bike parking sign

Note for diagram. Anything on this sign may be differently arranged—see rule 316 (4).

203   Stopping in a parking area for people with disabilities

(1)  A driver must not stop in a parking area for people with disabilities unless:
(a)  the driver’s vehicle displays a current parking permit for people with disabilities, and
(b)  the driver complies with the conditions of use of the permit.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note. Driver’s vehicle and parking permit for people with disabilities are defined in the Dictionary.
(2)  A parking area for people with disabilities is a length or area of a road:
(a)  to which a permissive parking sign displaying a people with disabilities symbol applies, or
(b)  to which a people with disabilities parking sign applies, or
(c)  indicated by a road marking (a people with disabilities road marking) that consists of, or includes, a people with disabilities symbol.
 

People with disabilities symbols

Permissive parking sign displaying a people with disabilities symbol

(for a length of road)

Permissive parking sign displaying a people with disabilities symbol

(for an area)

People with disabilities parking sign

Note for diagrams. Anything on these signs may be differently arranged—see rule 316 (4).

203A   Stopping in a slip lane

A driver must not stop in a slip lane unless:
(a)  a parking control sign applies to the place where the driver stops, and
(b)  the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules.

Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.

Note. Parking control sign and slip lane are defined in the Dictionary.
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