Parking regulations are State Laws, which are supervised by Council's Parking Officers and are designed to maintain safety and turnover of parking spaces. The Victorian Government sets the penalty amounts.
The types of parking restrictions that are found throughout the municipality are set under State Government Legislation. Monash Council does not have any control over the requirements of the various parking restrictions, however, in most cases, Council decides which restrictions should operate in a specific location and when.
Parking Officers, who patrol the streets and check for compliance, do not set the restrictions or make the laws and, having issued an infringement notice, cannot withdraw it. They can make relevant notes so that any requested review of the infringement notice can be made with facts, as recorded by the officer at the time, taken into account.
Time limits are set to allow as many people as possible to have access to parking in an area. The intention of these time limits is to ensure that vehicles leave the area after the initial time has expired and provides an equal opportunity to all users.
This approach helps businesses by ensuring parking is available for as many potential customers as possible.
Some residential areas are Residential Permit Parking Areas. There are several different parking signs located in these areas which indicate the parking restrictions eg, 2P Area and/or No Standing.
Clearways are used to improve traffic flow during peak periods. A clearway is a length of road where vehicles must not stop for any reason during the times set out on the sign. Clearways are usually along main roads such as Springvale Road.
Most School Crossings have No Stopping Signs on both the approach and departure sides. These signs must be complied with during the times indicated.In areas where No Stopping Signs are not in place and when a 'Children Crossing' is in operation (when the flags are displayed), you must not stop or park:
- Within 10 metres of the departure side of a crossing
- Within 20 metres of the approach side of a crossing
You cannot stop in these areas at all while dropping or picking up children.
Means no stopping at all.
Stopping to let someone out of or into a car regardless of whether you leave the engine running or stay in the vehicle is not allowed.
You can stop in a No Parking area for up to two minutes, provided that you are setting down or picking up a passenger or loading or unloading.
Loading Zones can only be used by authorised vehicles while actually delivering or picking up goods, services or people. These vehicles include taxis, buses, trucks, vans, utes and other vehicles used for delivery who have permanent signs fixed to both sides of the vehicle. Magnetic signs are not permitted.
If there is no time limit on the Loading Zone sign, then 30 minutes is the maximum time that an authorised vehicle can park in a Loading Zone.
Disabled BaysHolders of Category 1 Disabled Parking Permits (blue in colour) can park in:
- Disabled Parking Bays for the time indicated, or
- Ordinary Parking Bays for double the period shown on the parking sign and, if parking fees apply in the area, payment of any initial applicable fee.
Holders of Category 2 Disabled Parking Permits (green in colour) can park in any ordinary parking bay for double the period shown on the parking sign and, if parking fees apply in the area, payment of any initial applicable fee.
Note that Disabled Parking Permits do not provide any other concessions or exemptions from parking restrictions. The permit must be current and clearly displayed to be effective.
To obtain a permit, fill in and submit the Disabled Person's Parking Scheme application form.
Road rules state that parking on a naturestrip is not permitted.
Council does not apply this restriction in residential areas if the parking is occurring on the owner's own nature strip and sight distances and the condition of the nature strip is in reasonable condition.
You must not leave a vehicle stationery if it is:
- Double parked
- Within an intersection
- Across a lane or private driveway
- Where you would leave less than 3 metres of road clear for traffic
- On the wrong side of the road
- On a footpath or reservation
- In a bus or transit lane
- Opposite continuous a solid white line unless there is 3 metres clear between your car and the line for the passage of other vehicles
Parking infringements are issued to vehicles that are found parked contrary to the parking restrictions in the area.
The infringement notice will have all the details of the parking infringement including why the infringement was issued, the amount payable, and what you should do should you wish to appeal the infringement.If you believe the infringement is incorrect and you wish to seek a review, or if you wish to apply for a payment plan, you can write to Council stating:
- Your reasons for requesting a review of the infringement or to enter into a payment plan
- The infringement number
- The vehicle registration number
- Your postal address
(NOTE that this Council may only allow a 'payment plan' that is in the form of extra time to pay, not part payments)
Your letter should be addressed to:
Monash City Council
GPO Box 425
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
Paying Parking InfringementsIn person: payments can be made at
- Any Australia Post outlet or
- Monash City Council Offices ( Mon to Fri)
293 Springvale Road
Glen Waverley VIC 3150 or
- Oakleigh Service Centre
3 Atherton Road
- Monash City Council
GPO Box 425
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
Please ensure that you include your Parking Infringement No. and the registration number of your vehicle with your mailed payment.
Taking A Matter Further
If you have requested a review of your infringement and the review has been unsuccessful and you still believe you have a good reason for not paying the fine, you can write with your appeal to the
Chief Executive Officer
Monash City Council
PO Box 1
Glen Waverley VIC 3150
telling the Council to have the matter referred for a hearing at the Magistrates' Court. (It is suggested prior to taking this action that you seek independent legal advice. Should you wish to not seek legal advice, the information provided below may assist you.)
You will then receive a summons telling you the date, time and place of the hearing. If you succeed at the hearing, the fine will be dropped; but if you are not successful, you will have to pay the fine, plus additional court and Council costs.
To help you with your day in court, view the Your Day in Court: A Guide to the Magistrates Court booklet available on the Victorian Law Foundation website.
Last updated: 22 February 2011
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