As a general rule, body corporate by laws are designed and put in place to prioritise the safety of residents – so what are the rules when it comes to parking?
Unlike the individual land title that new home owners take possession of when they purchase a house on its own block of land, when you buy a property that is part of a strata title, not only do you own your unit or apartment, but you also get a share in the ownership of the common property and land the complex sits on.
Shared ownership over the ‘common property’ includes things like the driveway, foyer and garden that everyone in the complex uses on a day to day basis. In turn, the common property is then managed by a legal entity. Depending on which state or territory the property is in and the type of scheme that property is organised under, this legal entity may be known as the owners corporation, body corporate, strata company or community corporation.
In turn, body corporate by laws are the rules that a body corporate makes to control and manage common property like driveways, car parks and swimming pools. In Queensland, a body corporate can choose to adopt the standard by-laws that are set out in Schedule 4 of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (QLD), or it can make its own – but what are a few of the basics that apply to communal parking?
Parking Rules For Body Corporate By Laws
In Queensland, body corporate by laws state that an occupier must not park a vehicle in non-designated areas unless they have received approval of the body corporate. While all owners, residents and their guests need to comply with the by-laws for their strata property, the issue of visitor parking or common property parking is one that may be regulated by the body corporate as well.
Either way, parking linked to a body corporate or owners corporation needs to carefully consider safety measures to avoid potential incidents in small areas that receive a regular flow of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic – and that means knowing when and where to install physical tools such as speed humps.
At Speed Humps Australia, we regularly supply speed humps to property managers, strata and body corporate managers looking to improve the safety of the communal car parking areas found in their strata titles.
Even in small areas such as communal car parks, speed kills. Regardless of whether it’s a visitor unfamiliar with the layout or speed restrictions, a resident that has become complacent, or even a staff member running late for a shift, accidents can happen at any time, but it’s the body corporate’s responsibility to ensure that a proactive approach is taken.
As a preventative road safety tool, speed humps are traffic calming devices intended to slow traffic speeds to create a safer environment. While materials such as asphalt, plastic and steel are often used, rubber speed humps are regarded as the most durable and inflict the least amount of damage to cars, they can even be sound absorbing – making them the perfect safety tool for use in residential car parks.
However, consulting with a professional is essential before making a purchase. Speed humps should not be approached with a ‘one size fits all’ mentality, as entities need to determine what profile is best, what height is needed, what the best material is, and the appropriate length required for the speed hump.
Every situation, driveway and location is different. To determine the right type of speed hump, just a handful of factors to consider include the following –
- The amount of traffic using the driveway
- The level of visibility, such as overhanging trees or hidden walkways
- The width of the driveway
- How drainage is configured
- If the road is a single or dual carriageway
When it comes to adhering to body corporate by laws and improving safety for residents, installing the right type of speed hump can go a long way when it comes to taking a proactive approach. If you’re not quite sure where to start, it’s always a good idea to partner with the experts – but where do you find them?
Partnering With The Road Safety Professionals
At Speed Humps Australia, we’ve spent twenty years focusing on one thing: to provide one style of product, and to do it exceptionally well. We have worked tirelessly to develop specifications that do not fade or deteriorate, are easy to install, and are made from high-quality, recycled rubber for minimal environmental impact.
With just a handful of our clients around the nation including KFC, Taco Bell, McDonalds, Westfield, Shell, numerous mining companies and Local Government, our rumble bars, speed humps and wheel stops have been purposefully designed to truly go the distance.
As our design and production is all handled in house and supplied Australia wide, get in touch with us today to request a quote or discuss how we can help with providing a tailored solution to your unique project requirements.