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Road Rules 2014
Current version for 1 February 2019 to date (accessed 27 June 2019 at 03:52)
Part 12 Division 8
Division 8 Parallel parking
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.
208   Parallel parking on a road (except in a median strip parking area)
(1)  A driver who parks on a road (except in a median strip parking area) must position the driver’s vehicle in accordance with subrules (2) to (8).
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Driver’s vehicle and median strip parking area are defined in the Dictionary.
(2)  The driver must position the vehicle to face:
(a)  in the direction of travel of vehicles in the marked lane or line of traffic on, or next to, the part of the road where the driver parks, or
(b)  if there is no traffic on, or next to, that part of the road—in the direction in which vehicles could lawfully travel on that part of the road.
Note.
 Marked lane is defined in the Dictionary.
(3)  If the road is a two-way road, the driver must position the vehicle parallel, and as near as practicable, to the far left side of the road.
Note.
 Two-way road is defined in the Dictionary.
(4)  If the road is a one-way road, the driver must position the vehicle parallel, and as near as practicable, to the far left or far right side of the road, unless otherwise indicated by information on or with a parking control sign.
Note.
 One-way road, parking control sign and with are defined in the Dictionary.
(5)  If the driver does not park in a parking bay, the driver must position the vehicle at least 1 metre from the closest point of any vehicle in front of it and any vehicle behind it.
Note.
 Parking bay is defined in the Dictionary.
(6)  If the road has a continuous dividing line or a dividing strip, the driver must position the vehicle at least 3 metres from the continuous dividing line or dividing strip, unless otherwise indicated by information on or with a parking control sign.
Note.
 Dividing line and dividing strip are defined in the Dictionary.
(7)  If the road does not have a continuous dividing line or a dividing strip, the driver must position the vehicle so there is at least 3 metres of the road alongside the vehicle that is clear for other vehicles to pass, unless otherwise indicated by information on or with a parking control sign.
(8)  The driver must position the vehicle so the vehicle does not unreasonably obstruct the path of other vehicles or pedestrians.
(9)  This rule does not apply to:
(a)  a driver if the driver parks on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign or road marking applies, and information on or with the sign or road marking includes the words “angle parking” or “angle”, or
(b)  the rider of a motor bike if the rider parks the motor bike on a length of road, or in an area, to which a permissive parking sign applies and the sign indicates that the length of road or area is for parking motor bikes.
Note 1.
 Motor bike and road marking are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 Division 9 deals with angle parking.
(10)  Subrules (3) and (4) do not apply to the rider of a motor bike if the rider positions the motor bike so at least 1 wheel is as near as practicable to the far left or far right side of the road.
(11)  If a road has one or more service roads, the part of the road used by the main body of moving vehicles, and each service road, is taken to be a separate road for this rule.
Note.
 Part of the road used by the main body of moving vehicles and service road are defined in the Dictionary.
(12)  In this rule:
continuous dividing line means:
(a)  a single continuous dividing line only, or
(b)  a single continuous dividing line to the left or right of a broken dividing line, or
(c)  2 parallel continuous dividing lines.
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.
Example.
 
Parallel parking—minimum distance from other vehicles and dividing strip
In the example, the vehicles marked with an “X” are parked in contravention of this rule.
208A   Parallel parking in a road related area (except in a median strip parking area)
(1)  A driver who parks in a road related area (except in a median strip parking area) must position the driver’s vehicle to face:
(a)  in the direction of travel of vehicles in the marked lane or line of traffic next to the part of the road related area where the driver parks, or
(b)  if there is no traffic next to that part of the road related area—in the direction in which vehicles could lawfully travel in the road related area, or
(c)  if the road related area is an area that divides a road—either:
(i)  in the direction of travel of vehicles in the marked lane or line of traffic to the left of the driver, or
(ii)  if there is no traffic to the left of the driver—in the direction in which vehicles could lawfully travel on that part of the road.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Driver’s vehicle, line of traffic, marked lane and median strip parking area are defined in the Dictionary and road related area is defined in rule 13.
(2)  Subrule (1) does not apply if:
(a)  another law of this jurisdiction permits the driver to park in another manner in the road related area, or
(b)  signs or road markings indicate that angle parking is required in the road related area.
209   Parallel parking in a median strip parking area
(1)  This rule applies to a driver who parks in a median strip parking area if a parking control sign or road marking applies to the area, and information on or with the sign or road marking indicates that the driver’s vehicle must be positioned parallel to the median strip.
Note.
 Driver’s vehicle, median strip, median strip parking area, parking control sign, road marking and with are defined in the Dictionary.
(2)  The driver must position the driver’s vehicle:
(a)  to face:
(i)  in the direction of travel of vehicles in the marked lane or line of traffic to the left of the driver, or
(ii)  if there is no traffic to the left of the driver—in the direction in which vehicles could lawfully travel on that part of the road, and
(b)  parallel, and as near as practicable, to the centre of the median strip, and
(c)  if the driver does not park in a parking bay—at least 1 metre from the closest point of any vehicle in front of it and any vehicle behind it.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Marked lane and parking bay are defined in the Dictionary.
(3)  This rule does not apply to the rider of a motor bike.
Note.
 Motor bike is defined in the Dictionary.