​​​​The City of Stirling implemented a Parking Local Law to maximise the use of available space and to provide access to parking for all motorists. Here you can find out more about parking and how to appeal an infringement.

Parking local law

The City of Stirling's Parking Local Law is designed to maximise the use of available space and to provide access to parking for all motorists, with regard to the requirements of businesses, visitors, residents and traffic management.

Illegal parking can be dangerous to pedestrians, cyclists and other road users and causes frustration, inconvenience and irritation.​​​

Think before you park

It is the responsibility of the driver to be familiar with the Road Traffic Code 2000 and Parking Local Law 2014 when parking within the City. The regulations stated in these legal documents are enforceable at all times and do not require signage, however, parking signs may be installed to rei​nforce or contribute to parking restrictions within the road reserve.

On-the-spot fines apply for breaches of these laws.​​​​​

Restrictions on parking and stopping

No parking

A driver shall not stop on a length of carriageway or in an area to which a 'No parking' sign applies, unless the driver:

  1. Is dropping off, or picking up, passengers or goods;
  2. Does not leave the vehicle unattended; and
  3. Completes the dropping off, or picking up, of the passengers or goods within 2 minutes of stopping and drives on.

'No parking' signs bearing a particular type of vehicle, for example 'Taxis permitted', permit only the vehicles shown on the sign to park during restricted periods.

No stopping

A driver shall not stop on a length of carriageway, or in an area, to which a 'No stopping' sign or solid yellow line applies. Vehicles may only stop in these zones to comply with other regulations (for example at traffic lights or to avoid an accident).​​

Time restrictions

A driver shall not park continuously on a length of carriageway, or in an area, to which a 'Permissive parking' (time restriction) sign applies, for longer than the period indicated by information on or with the sign.

When the permitted time limit has expired, the vehicle must be removed from the area for not less than one hour. It's an offence to return to any side of that same road within one hour.

Verge parking

Parking on verges is prohibited unless permission has been obtained from the land owner or occupier who abuts the verge, any vehicle parked on a verge without authority is liable to infringement even where no restriction signs are in place.

Owner/Occupiers have the right to apply for verge parking restrictions for the verge adjacent to their property/dwelling. Verge parking signs incur a fee and once installed prohibit all persons from parking on the Verge, no one is exempt. 

Road markings

A driver shall not stop at the side of a carriageway marked with a continuous yellow edge line. Loading zones and parking bays for people with disabilities are also regulated by road markings.

Clearways

A driver shall not stop on a length of carriageway to which a 'Clearway' sign applies, unless;

  1. The vehicle being driven is a public bus and the driver is dropping off, or picking up, passengers
  2. The length of carriageway to which a 'Clearway' sign applies, is also signed by a 'Permissive parking'  sign, applying specifically to a part of the carriageway permitting stopping for a certain period of time.

    Clearways are generally used for extended lengths of road and are usually applied during peak hour times (7:30am to 9.00am and 4:15pm to 6.00pm).

    ​​Loading bays

    Loading bays are marked by yellow lines (either continuous or dashed) and are reserved for:

    1. Commercial or trade vehicles for the purpose or engaging in the pick up or setting down of goods or​​

    Parking for people with disabilities

    • Parking bays for people with disabilities are specially marked by a unique symbol on both signage and line marking and can be easily distinguished from regular parking bays.
    • Only vehicles displaying a current registered Disability Parking Permit on the windscreen or dashboard are allowed to park in these permit areas. A plaque or sticker bearing a disabled emblem isn't valid.
    • Authorised permit holders who don't require a wheelchair or walking frame can park in any bay within a car park or street and still receive concessions, leaving the extra wide bays for those who need them.

    The City allows holders of Disability Parking Permits to park:

    • in street or kerbside time restricted areas for double the signposted time; and
    • in street or kerbside time restricted ticket parking areas for double the signposted time provided a ticket is purchased and displayed.

    Motorcycle parking

    Specialised bays are provided for motorcycles and motorcycles only, however, motorcycles are permitted to park in regular parking bays. Motorcycles may park for free within the City's paid parking areas.

    Vehicles for sale

    You cannot park or leave a vehicle on any portion of a roadway or verge, to display the vehicle for sale.

    Infringements 

    The City issues parking infringements when drivers do not adhere to parking local law restrictions. It is the drivers responsibility to be aware of, check for and adhere to all signage/markings prior to parking their vehicle.

    • Payment is required within 28 days from date of issue
    • As a courtesy the City will send a Reminder Notice 14 days from issue
    • After 28 days a Final Demand Notice will be issued, inclusive of an administration fee
    • The infringement will then be referred to the Fines Enforcement Registry for collection where the driver will have to pay directly to the Fines Enforcement Registry

    If you would like to pay your infringement online, you can do so via the City of Stir​ling Online Payment page.

    Appealing a parking infringement

    An appeal for the withdrawal of a parking infringement must be lodged by the driver within 28 days of the fine being issued, with proof to support your claim.

    Appeal a parking infringement

    If you were not the driver at the time the infringement was issued or if you were the driver of a vehicle and wish to contest an infringement that has been posted to the owner of that vehicle, please have the owner complete and forward it with your appeal.

    Nominate another driver parking infringement

    Once an appeal is received by City you do not have to pay until you are notified of the decision - normally this is within 30 days.

    If you are aggrieved with the outcome of your appeal, you may nominate to have the matter heard in Court. Please complete and forward it to the City prior to the due date of your infringement.

    Take the matter to Court parking infringement

    Grounds for appeal

    There are four main grounds for appeal against a parking fine

    1. The infringement is unlawful. You should set out the reasons why you believe the parking fine is unlawful eg. details on the infringement notice are incorrect.

    2. Mistaken identity. You should set out the reason why you claim there was a mistake of identity. You also need to identify the name and address of the person who you claim you were mistaken for, and the relationship of that person to you.

    3.Special circumstances. Special circumstances means persons with a mental or intellectual disability, a disorder, disease or illness of which resulted in an infringement being issued. A supporting letter or report from your doctor, psychiatrist, social worker, or drug counsellor must be supplied.

    4. Exceptional circumstances. These exceptional circumstances should clearly show why you should be excused. Supporting documentation needs to be provided.

    • You were not the driver at time of infringement issue and you have supplied the driver's name and address details.
    • Your vehicle broke down and you could not move it. RAC callout documentation or other evidence of mechanical failure must be provided. 
    • Disability Parking Permit that was not displayed on the dashboard— valid permit must be produced on request.
    • Immediate medical attention being undertaken or required by driver. Medical certificate/documentation is to be provided.
    • Your vehicle was stolen or you were detained by the police—supporting documentation required.

    An appeal needs to:

    Be made by the driver, or by somebody acting on your behalf with your written consent

    Be made in writing

    Contain your current address and infringement number.​

    The City of Stirling is unable to withdraw an infringement because:

    • ​You lost track of the time
    • You had to use a toilet
    • You were only there for a few minutes over the allowed time
    • Your appointment went over time
    • You did not see the sign
    • You thought that you were allowed to park there
    • You couldn't find a parking bay
    • You did not understand the signage
    • You didn't know the parking rules
    • You ran out of petrol.

    Parking information and forms


      
      
      
      
      
      
      
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