Parking safety around schools

Parking and traffic laws exist to ensure the safe and fair use of our roads for the benefit of everyone.

Council's responsibility

We must ensure that parking spaces are shared fairly by the community.

To keep children safe around schools, Council is proactive on education and enforcement.

Council encourages all residents to make sure they understand.

Driver's responsibility

A licensed driver is expected to be aware of the road rules and adhere to them at all times.

Drivers are responsible for understanding parking restrictions in their school zone and to ensure they obey the parking rules to keep our school children, pedestrians and other road users safe.

You must park within the marked lines of a parking bay. A driver cannot stop on a bicycle path, footpath, shared path, dividing strip, or a nature strip adjacent to a length of road in a built-up area, unless there is permissive signage.

Council’s parking officers regularly patrol schools and they will issue infringements when signs or regulations are not obeyed. Infringements can be affixed to the vehicle or posted to the registered owner of the vehicle.

Listed below are the most common parking and traffic offences and an explanation of the signs that should be observed to help avoid an infringement:

  • Parking longer than the signed time limit
  • Stopping in a ‘no stopping’ area
  • Stopping on the right hand side of a vehicle already stopped at the kerb side (i.e. double parking)
  • Stopping over a driveway
  • Stopping in an accessible bay
  • Stopping within 10 metres of an intersection.

 

Time limits are set on parking spaces to allow as many people as possible to have access to an area.

Where a parking control sign applies to a length of road or an area, you must not park there continuously for longer than the period allowed.  

This sign means you park only for 15 minutes from 8 am to 5 pm on school days.

No Stopping means no stopping at all. This means you cannot stop even if you are only letting someone out of the car, and regardless of whether you leave the engine running and stay in the car. 

No stopping zones can also be defined by yellow kerb markings

It is an offence to double park.

When parking in a two-way street you must park on the left hand side of the road. Your vehicle must face the direction of travel, that is: passenger side must be parked to the kerb and not the steering wheel side, except in a one-way street.

Drivers must not park across a driveway and always allow clear passage for access and egress.                                        

Drivers must not park in a driveway whilst waiting to pick up or when dropping off a student.

An accessible parking space can only be used by someone with a blue-on-white disabled parking permit, or by a driver who is parking the car so that the disabled permit holder can get in or out of the car. Permits are only valid when the disabled person is travelling in the vehicle.

The driver must give his/her name and address and produce his/ her driver’s licence and the permit when asked to do so by police or a parking officer.

10 metres to an intersection. Unless there is a sign saying that you can, you are not allowed to park, stop or leave your vehicle within 10 metres of an intersection without traffic lights.

Parking safety tips

If you park on the roads or streets around your children’s school:

  1. Allow enough time to take your child to school safely. Consider parking a little bit further away and walking a short distance to school.
  2. Observe all traffic control signs and the directions of the school crossing supervisors.
  3. Plan with your child when and where they can be picked up safely. Find locations where it is safe to get out of the car and cross the road.
  4. NEVER call your child across the road. Running across the road is dangerous for your child

 

✅ We want to ensure the safety of our children, other pedestrians and motorists around our streets and the school.

✅ Children are both vulnerable and often act on impulse. It is important for adults to lead by example and set good road safety practices when crossing roads.

✅ Please follow these rules for the safety of your children and also the classmates and friends of your children

✅ If every parent follow these rules, it will be safer for all school children