By parking correctly and observing traffic and parking signs, you can help to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists.
Council is obligated by law to manage parking, and at times may issue expiation notices for offences under the Australian Road Rules.
Council's community safety officers will educate motorists when the opportunity arises. The community safety team participates in a road safety education program for schools, including the state governments "Safe Routes to School" program. Many of our schools in the Prospect area have under gone specialized traffic management assessments, and Council has implemented changes to improve child safety around schools.
The changes include…
- Installation of emu crossings
- Better parking arrangements for parents
- Drop off and pick up zones
- New line marking
- Clearer and more parking signage
On Street Parking
On street parking is available for all residents and members of the public. There is no priority for residents to park directly in front of their premises. People utilising on street parking just need to ensure they park legally and in accordance with the Australian Road Rules.
Residential Parking Permits
If a residential property does not have any car parking spaces, you are eligible to apply for a residential parking permit.
The application form is available to download via the link below.
Please note that an annual fee of $100 (excl. GST) applies to all Residential Parking Permits, as per Council's Fees and Charges Register.
Penalties and Payment
Under the Expiation of Offences Act, infringement notices don’t need to be attached to vehicles. Details of the offence may be taken and an expiation notice posted to the registered owner of the vehicle. On occasions, it is not safe for a community safety officer to place a notice on a vehicle for various reasons. These may include heavy traffic conditions, the offender may have driven off before the notice could be placed, or adverse weather conditions which may endanger the safety of the officer.
Late fees may be added to any expiation if payment is not made within 28 days. Failure to pay an expiation to Council may result in the expiation being referred to the Magistrates Court where further penalties may apply.
If you believe the parking fine issued is incorrect, unfair, or where there is a legitimate reason to have been illegally parked; an application for waiving the offence can be lodged (with supporting evidence) in writing. You can download an application for waiving of a parking fine below:
Application to Waive Parking Expiation
Payment for parking offences may be made via Online Payments, by mail, by phone or in person at the Council Offices.
All fees associated with offences against the Australian Road Rules are determine by the State Government and reviewed on an annual basis. Councils do not set or have input into the fee structure. If you’d like more information, you can visit the Fines Unit website.
Information about Parking Signs and Restrictions
We have installed a variety of parking restrictions throughout the district, to ensure safe and equal access to parking spaces for all. These parking restrictions are in line with the South Australian Road Rules and are displayed on signage covering an area. These restrictions may be active from different parts of the day to maximise parking opportunities for everyone
The Australian Road Rules are part of the Road Traffic Act, and are not set by the City of Prospect. To ensure these restrictions are followed, we will issue Expiation Notices to vehicles who have parked illegally. It is the responsibility of the driver to read the parking signs each time they park in an area and before leaving their vehicle.
Parking seems straight forward, but surprisingly there are a number of laws that many motorists are unaware of. Here are some of the common rules that seem to catch people out, so please read on and avoid unnecessary fines. By parking legally, you’ll help keep our City safe too!
Please note that the State Government and not Council are responsible for setting the fees applicable to parking fines.
It’s not only yellow lines you need to check for before parallel parking, but you need to look out for white lines too. A three (3) metre gap needs to be maintained between the side of your car and any solid white line in the middle of the road.
This is a common one as often people think they’re doing the right thing by parking their car half on a nature strip, with two wheels straddling the kerb, particularly where the road is narrow. However, according to the Australian Road Rules it’s not allowed, you can’t park on a nature verge, footpath, shared path or dividing strip, unless there’s a sign saying otherwise.
You can’t drive on the wrong side of the road and you can’t park there either. When parallel parking on a road, you must be facing the same direction as moving traffic, otherwise you’re breaking the law.
You cannot park across a driveway but you can park right up to the invert so long as you’re not blocking a vehicle from entering or exiting the driveway. Be mindful that in narrow streets, parking up to the invert could cause access problems for residents so be courteous and always consider the lay of the land before you park.
If your vehicle is more than 7.5m long in total (such as towing a trailer or caravan), then you cannot park on the road in a built-up area for more than one hour.
If you are coming around a bend and cars are parked too close to the intersection, it could be dangerous, particularly if passengers are getting in or out of the parked vehicle. Therefore, it makes sense that parking within 10m of an intersection that does not have traffic lights is illegal. Where there are lights, increase that distance to 20m.
City of Prospect has six schools in the council district. At all schools you will find a No Stopping area or an area with parking restrictions during school hours. Drivers parking in restricted areas may cause blind spots for other motorists and create dangerous situations for school children.
Please pay special attention to dropping off or picking up people in areas that are marked with a continuous yellow edge line. Motorists cannot stop on a continuous yellow edged line. Drivers should avoid obstructing crossing places or entrances as this may impede movement of vehicles.
Time limit zones apply to some Council-owned car parks and streets. They have been set to keep car parks available for shoppers and residents and should not be used for all day parking.
Most time zones are located on the main roads and side streets off the main roads. Please check the signs carefully before parking. These zones are regularly patrolled by Council safety officers.
In most car parks, around schools and some streets, parking areas are reserved for holders of a disability parking permit. The permit must be displayed in the vehicle when parked in such a reserved area to avoid fines.
Permits may be obtained from the Motor Registration Division of the Department of Transport.
Bicycle lanes are set aside for the use of cyclists. They are marked with continuous painted lines on the roads. Signs are in place, and a bicycle symbol may be painted in the lane itself.
Bicycle lanes help cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians to share the road with greater safety and allow a smoother traffic flow.
They are indicated by painted lines, bicycle symbols and bicycle lane signs, or the word 'lane' painted in white.
Bicycle lane and clearway lane times vary, please ensure you check the signage whenever parking. Some bicycle lanes only operate during certain times of the day, which can be recognised by the addition of operating times to the sign. Any bicycle or clearway lane that does not have specific times on the sign, operates at all times. The regulations for both a Clearway and a Bicycle Lane are the same.
Motorists are not to stop or drive in these zones for any reason other than an emergency during the allocated times. The Clearways and Bicycle Lanes have been developed by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
For the safety of cyclists you cannot park or stop in a bike lane during the hours of operation which includes dropping off or picking up passengers. Stopping in a bike lane could be dangerous and is against the law. The fine, set by the State Government is also significant so avoid getting caught out and check the signs before stopping or parking.
A vehicle is not correctly parked if it is not aligned as closely and as practical with the line of the kerb. A vehicle must be positioned so it is not facing the opposite direction of traffic. Stopping a vehicle for the purpose to pick up or drop off passengers in between vehicles or in the centre of the road is double parking. This is a dangerous practice, and it is an offence.