We often get asked whether it’s legal to park on a speed hump. While there is no specific mention of not being able to park on a speed bump in the Queensland road rules, there are a number of locations where it is likely that speed humps are located to reduce drivers’ speed, that may put you at risk of a parking fine. We thought it would be useful to summarise the Queensland parking rules you may not know but should to save you the grief and expense of an unnecessary parking fine.
It was recently reported that Brisbane City Council alone has budgeted to collect $37.5 million from parking fines in 2019-20. So just what do you need to do to avoid contributing to this budget? Here are some of the less widely known parking rules.
You cannot park or stop:
- In a shared zone unless:
– there are parking bays to park in and you’re allowed to park there
– you are dropping off, or picking up, passengers or goods
– you collect waste or garbage.
- Within 3m of a post box unless:
– you are dropping off, or picking up, passengers or mail
– there are signs telling you different.
- Near a crest or curve in the road outside a built-up area unless:
– you can be seen by other drivers approaching your vehicle from 100m away
– there are signs telling you different
- On a bicycle path, footpath, shared path, dividing strip, nature strip, or painted island, unless signs tell you otherwise.
- And fail to leave 1m of space in front of and behind your vehicle when you parallel park.
- And leave the keys in your car or the engine running while you walk away. You can leave the keys in the vehicle with the engine switched off if someone 16 years or older remains in the vehicle.
- In a loading zone unless you:
– are a bus dropping off, or picking up, passengers and stopping no longer than 30 minutes
– are a truck dropping off, or picking up, passengers or goods and stopping no longer than 30 minutes
– have a commercial vehicle identification label issued by the local government for that area (stopping no longer than 30 minutes)
– are dropping off or picking up passengers (stopping no more than 2 minutes)
– are dropping off or picking up passengers with a disability (stopping no more than 5 minutes)
– are dropping off or picking up goods (stopping no more than 20 minutes)
– N.B. the local parking sign may indicate different time frames than these.
- In a shared zone unless:
Our speed humps and rumble bars are being used in a number of different situations, such as loading zones, to help alert drivers to where no parking zones begin and end. Check out our recent blog, The Humble Rumble Bar: The Perfect Traffic Management Device, to see how a local business used our products to great effect to help drivers avoid a potential fine.