Parking Safety around Schools

Unsafe parking practices around Monash's schools are being addressed through the use of new technology.

Since early 2014, Council's parking enforcement team has been using a dash cam vehicle which has a camera mounted on its dashboard. When the parking inspector driving the vehicle notices that a car is parked illegally, the inspector activates the camera by pushing a button on the console or car door.

Every photo taken is then reviewed by parking staff to check whether an offence has been committed. If a car has been parked illegally, the car's registered owner is mailed a parking fine.

Council is using this technology to identify cars parked in No-Standing, No-Stopping and Loading Zones around schools and in busy shopping areas. People will also be booked for parking cars in a Permit Zone without displaying a permit. School zones are being targeted because of the safety concerns that have been raised by School Principals and people who live near Monash's schools. An officer using the dash cam vehicle is patrolling each of Monash's 57 schools on a random basis.

The vehicle may end up being more effective at changing behaviour than foot patrols. Unfortunately some people tend to only follow parking rules when they see a parking officer in the area. Once people realise they could be fined via a passing car, they may be more likely to follow the rules at all times.

For more info, contact Talana Cook, Coordinator - Local Laws/Traffic, on 9518 3449 or at talanac@monash.vic.gov.au

Parking at a School Crossing

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.

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Last updated: 18 December 2015