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The NO STOPPING sign means you are not permitted to stop unless traffic conditions require it (e.g. in a queue of traffic). These zones are created for public safety. Dropping off of passengers or goods in these zones is an offence.
A driver must not stop in a BUS ZONE unless the driver is driving a public bus, in the course of a paid regular service.
In a TAXI ZONE, you are not permitted to stop unless you are driving a TAXI.
The NO PARKING symbol means you may stop for a maximum of two minutes. The driver must be in attendance of the vehicle and not more than three metres from the vehicle. This is to allow a vehicle to pick up or drop off passengers and good. (Eg dropping children off at school within No Parking Zones.)
Loading Zones are clearly signed parking areas set aside for short term use by certain vehicles when loading and unloading goods in the course of business or when dropping off or picking up passengers. Loading Zones are generally located in urban centres for the use of vehicles principally designed for carrying goods. Loading zones may apply during certain hours only, or they may operate 24 hours.
Station Wagons and three-wheeled motorcycles (principally designed for carrying goods) may park in a loading zone for up to 15 minutes only. The majority of 4WD, hatchback and other coupe and sport type vehicles are not defined as a station wagon under the NSW regulations as they are not principally designed and constructed for carrying goods, and are excluded from being allowed to park in these zones.
These vehicle types are allowed to park for a maximum of 30 minutes in loading zones:
These vehicle types are allowed to park for a maximum of 15 minutes in loading zones:
These vehicle types are EXCLUDED from parking in loading zones and include:
Any AWD or 4WD type of vehicle
Any type of people mover vehicle.
Any small SUV-type vehicle.
A vehicle must not stop within 10 metres of an intersecting road at an intersection without traffic lights unless a sign allows you to park there. This extends to 20 meters if the intersection has traffic lights.
A vehicle must not stop within 20 metres before and 10 metres after a childrens' crossing or pedestrian crossing.
Under Road Rule 208 it is an offence for a motor vehicle to stop on a path/strip in a built up area unless there are permissible parking signs or a hard bay surface constructed for the purpose of motor vehicle parking. It is also an offence to park on or across a driveway or other property entrance.
Council will exercise discretion in enforcing the rules in some streets where circumstances warrant such discretion.
A time limit may be stated on permissive parking signs. This enables anyone to use the available parking area for a set period. The limited time is shown by a number beside the letter 'P' symbol (eg '1P' means one hour parking; '1/2P' half hour parking). Where the limit is very short (eg 5 minutes) the word MINUTE or MIN is shown with the number. Once the time limit has been reached the vehicle must leave the area.
(NOTE: The time limit displayed limits how long you may park in an area and does not refer to the individual parking space. Vehicles must leave the area (time zone) in which they are parked to comply with the time restriction.)