Parking Space SignDirection sign showing the direction to a car park or parking place

Always park your vehicle safely and where it will cause the least inconvenience to others. Walk a short distance rather than cause a danger.

Park in a parking area or car park if you can.

On a road with street lighting – that is a road where the street lights are spaced not more than 200 metres apart – you may park only in a marked parking place.

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A parking space may be marked with either white road markings or with road studs.

Parking places

You must not park on the yellow hatched road markings between parking spaces.

A sign nearby or, if it is a space with a parking meter, a notice on the meter will give information on what days and at what times you may park in that space.

You must not park in a space reserved for vehicles of a different type from your vehicle, for example you must not park a car in a parking space for goods vehicles or reserved for specific users, such as ambulances.

You must not park so that your vehicle extends over the lines marking out the parking space. You must not park in a parking place for more than 24 hours.

During the period of operation of a parking meter you must pay the appropriate charge as shown on the meter. You must do this as soon as possible after parking by inserting the correct coin or coins into the parking meter for the parking space in which your vehicle is parked.

A 'Time plate' with the 'Parking place' sign will tell you the maximum charging period and the days and times the meters in the parking place operate. Usually the colour of the parking meter post will also tell you the maximum charging period - yellow for 1/2 hour, brown for 1 hour and blue for 2 hours. If the top part of the post is white then the meter operates everyday including Sundays and public holidays.

At some locations individual parking meters are being replaced with 'pay and Display' systems. At these locations you must purchase a ticket from a nearby electronic ticket dispenser and display the ticket clearly on the inside of your windscreen.

Parking place signs

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