Don’t park on the nature strip
Parking on nature strips or footpaths is not permitted under the Victorian Road Rules. Vehicles parked on nature strips or footpaths can damage public infrastructure above and below the ground leading to increased maintenance costs.
It may also prevent emergency services from accessing key infrastructure such as water, sewerage, gas, telephone and drainage. Vehicles parked on nature strips can also increase safety risks for pedestrians as they are less visible to motorists.
Parking on the road
You can park on the road as long as there is three metres clear distance across the road to an adjacent vehicle or obstacle. This allows access for emergency and other vehicles. On narrow roads, this means there is only enough room for a car on one side of the road.
Safety and cars parked in the street
There is often a perception that cars parked in the street are a hazard to motorists. Research has shown that cars parking on the street often make streets safer. Parked cars narrow the road causing traffic to slow down. Slower speed also s lead to a reduction in accidents.
Narrower streets can allow more space for planting vegetation and providing better and safer streetscape environments in residential neighbourhoods, encouraging walking and cycling.
Two wheels up parking
Council has adopted a more flexible approach to allow parking on nature strips in narrower residential streets.
In some narrow streets less than 6.6 metres wide where traffic volumes and average speeds are low and sufficient space exists on the nature strip Council may allow two wheels up parking on the nature strip.
Council will construct a concrete strip behind the kerb on these streets. Provided vehicles do not cause a road safety hazard and other conditions are satisfied parking infringement notices will not be issued by Council on these streets. In narrow roads without a concrete strip, Council’s enforcement officers will continue to enforce the prohibition to park on the nature strip unless otherwise signed.