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Local Laws Relating to Parking

Find out information relating to abandoned vehicles, recovery of impounded vehicles, sale of removed vehicles, verge parking, street parking, parking on a median strip, parking on footpaths and parking of commercial trucks.

The City of Melville Parking Local Laws cover abandoned, unregistered and disused vehicles. Under State legislation, it is also an offence to leave or abandon your vehicle in the road reserve or on a carriageway. If necessary, a Ranger can impound your vehicle and it will be towed to the Citys impounding yard.

Abandoned Vehicles

Impounding of abandoned vehicles

Where a Ranger finds a vehicle that is either unlawfully parked or could be considered to be abandoned, unregistered or disused, then the Ranger can impound the vehicle if it is not removed or relocated to private property.

The time given to remove an abandoned vehicle will depend on each situation and could be any time from 24 hours to 14 days.

Recovery of impounded vehicles

All vehicles that are impounded by Rangers are taken to the City's vehicle impounding yard at Manheims - 62 Grogan Road, Perth International Airport
9267 8888. Impounded vehicles can be recovered after paying the costs of impounding and removal, plus a release fee.

Recovering an abandoned vehicle from the impounding area is often a costly procedure. It is suggested that before going to collect an impounded vehicle you obtain details of the amount due as the vehicle will not be released until the full amount is paid.

Sale of removed vehicles

Where an impounded vehicle has not been collected within two months of the impounding date, the City may sell the vehicle. Impounded vehicles are sold at public auction by Manheims. If a vehicle is not sold it may be otherwise disposed of.

If you require further clarification on abandoned vehicles or wish to report one, please contact customer service on 9364 0666 or lodge an online request.

Verge Parking

Local Laws specify that the occupier of the land has to give consent for a person to park or stand a vehicle on the road verge adjacent to their premises.

Should a person park or stand a vehicle on a verge without consent, they will be liable for an infringement for parking without the consent of the occupier.

  • Section 3.13 (2) City of Melville Parking Local Law 2016 - Stopping or parking on a verge without consent, modified penalty $80
  • Section 3.13 (1) City of Melville Parking Local Law 2016 - Stopping or parking on a verge contrary to signs, modified penalty $80

Street Parking

Any vehicle may park in a street for up to 24 hours at a time, provided the street does not have signage stating otherwise. After 24 hours, the vehicle must be moved for at least one hour. Should a vehicle remained parked in excess of 24 hours, the vehicle is deemed to cause an obstruction.

All parked vehicle must be further than 10 metres clear of any intersection and may not be blocking access to personal or business driveways.

  • Section 4.13 City of Melville Parking local Law 2016 – Parking so as to cause an obstruction, modified penalty $80
  • Section 3.11(a) City of Melville Parking Local Law 2016 – Parking within 10 metres of intersection, modified penalty $70
  • Section 3.10(a) Parking in front of a driveway, modified penalty $70

Facing oncoming traffic

It is an offence under the State Road Traffic Code and the City’s Parking Local Laws to park a car facing oncoming traffic. The vehicle must be parked facing in the same direction of the traffic flow.

  • Section 3.6(1)(b) City of Melville Parking Local Law 2016 – Parking facing oncoming traffic, modified penalty $70

Parking on a median strip

Median strips are usually used to divide traffic and enhance safety on busy and significant roads. Parking you vehicle on a median strip is not permitted under the State Road Traffic Code and the City’s Parking Local Laws.

Median strips include both physical and painted islands.

  • Section 3.6(1) City of Melville Parking Local Law 2016 – Stopping or parking on or adjacent to a median strip, modified penalty $70

Parking on footpaths

Parking on footpaths is not permitted under any circumstances. Parking on paths can force pedestrians, including parents with prams, people in wheelchairs or using gophers and those with mobility restrictions, to walk on the road.

  • Section 3.10(e), 3.11(c) City of Melville Parking Local Law 2016 – Parking on a footpath, modified penalty $90

Parking of commerical trucks

Any commercial vehicle may park on a road or verge (with permission and not contrary to signage) for a maximum of four hours. After that time, the vehicle must be removed from the area for at least one hour.
 
Any commercial vehicle may NOT park on any road or verge for the purpose of repairing, servicing or cleaning the vehicle.
 
Any vehicle or any combination of vehicles (eg: vehicle plus trailer or caravan) which exceeds 8 metres in length may park on a road or verge (with permission and not contrary to signage) for a maximum of one hour during any 24 hour period.

  • Section 4.3 City of Melville Parking Local Law 2016 – Parking a commercial vehicle on a thoroughfare or street verge for more than four hours, modified penalty $90
  • Section 4.8 City of Melville Parking Local Law 2016 – Over-length vehicle parking, modified penalty $80
  • Section 3.19 City of Melville Parking Local Law 2016 – Parking on street to repair or sell, modified penalty $80

 Sale of Vehicles

Advertising a vehicle for sale on any part of the road reserve is an offence under the State Road Traffic Code and the City’s Parking Local Laws. This includes placing your vehicle on your front verge or on a median strip.

  • Section 3.19 City of Melville Parking Local Law 2016 – Parking on street to repair or sell, modified penalty $80

General Parking

It is the responsibility of the driver of any vehicle to ensure they have parked their vehicle legally prior to leaving the vehicle.
This could include ensuring a valid parking session has been purchased or complying with time restrictions as listed on surrounding signage.
The full range of possible offences can be located within the City of Melville Parking Local Law 2016.
 

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