The Queensland Police Service is the primary enforcing authority for parking. Council is also able to issue warnings and infringement notices.
Drivers in Moreton Bay should be aware of the local parking rules. Council’s Local Law No 5 (Parking) regulates the parking of vehicles within established traffic areas and off-street parking locations defined in the local law. It is the driver’s responsibility to know and comply with these rules.
Refer to the headings below for information in relation to some of the Queensland Government’s common safe parking and stopping rules.
For more information about parking and road rules, including road rules refresher, visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.
Is a vehicle allowed to park on the footpath?
Parking of vehicles on the footpath is regulated by Transport Operations (Road Use Management Road Rules) Regulation 2009. Council is legally required to investigate complaints about footpath parking where vehicles block or partly block a bicycle path, footpath, shared path, dividing strip, verge or nature strip. Additionally, where parked vehicles make it difficult for other drivers to exit a property or side road or damage underground infrastructure. Penalties apply.
Vehicles parked with two wheels on the nature strip and two wheels on the road is not considered as a lawful parking practice.
For complaints regarding illegal parking, contact Council.
Is a vehicle allowed to park near or across my driveway?
The Queensland road rules prohibit motorists from parking across a driveway or preventing access to a property.
Motorists may stop across a property access to pick up or set down passengers for up to two minutes, provided they do not actually obstruct immediate access.
If a vehicle is parked, unattended and blocking your property access you should contact Policelink on 131 444, or alternatively Council.
What if the distance between my driveway and my neighbour's driveway is too small for parking?
Motorists are responsible for ensuring their vehicle fits in the available space. The Queensland road rules prohibit motorists from parking across a driveway or preventing access to a property.
If a vehicle is blocking your driveway, even partially, you should contact Policelink on 131 444, or alternatively Council.
How close can a car park to an intersection?
The Queensland road rules prohibit motorists from stopping or parking their vehicle within:
- 20 metres of a signalised intersection, unless otherwise signed
- 10 metres of a non-signalised intersection, unless otherwise signed
Given these restrictions already apply, it is unusual for Council to approve yellow lines or other restrictions in these areas.
If a vehicle is parked too close to an intersection, you should contact Policelink on 131 444, or alternatively Council.
Cars often park on both sides of the road so only one car can fit through at a time. Is this legal?
The Queensland road rules allow motorists to park on both sides of the road. However, they must leave at least three metres of clear roadway between their vehicle and other parked vehicles, dividing strips, traffic islands or unbroken driving lines. Motorists may cross a single unbroken dividing line to enter or leave the roadway.
In some cases motorists park on a footpath to allow cars to drive along a street. This is illegal and if a vehicle is parked without leaving three metres of clear roadway, you should contact Policelink on 131 444, or alternatively Council.
My neighbour parks their vehicle outside my house. Are they allowed to park there?
On-street parking is available to the whole community provided vehicles are parked safely and legally. Three metres of clear roadway must be left beside each parked vehicle to allow large vehicles, such as waste collection vehicles, to access local streets.
If the waste collector is prevented from accessing bins with the mechanical arm the driver will need to manually empty the bins, causing service delays. The driver may leave a note on the bin requesting the bin be positioned in a more accessible location in future.
Know the signs
In some locations 'No stopping' and 'No Parking' signage has been installed to assist with traffic flow, ease congestion and enhance safety for road users.
Always check the signs and line marking before parking your vehicle, or before reporting illegally parked vehicles as some may have specific times displayed. Where there are no traffic signs or lines, motorists should refer to the Queensland road rules.
Signed or solid yellow line - motorists are not allowed to stop for any purpose.
Signed - motorists are not allowed to park at any time. However, they are able to stop and drop-off or pick-up passengers or goods for up to two minutes. The driver must be within three metres of the car at all times.
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