Parking rules exist to improve traffic flow and to ensure the safe and fair use of the roads within the City of Unley for the benefit of everyone.
The owner of the vehicle is responsible for the infringement notice. If you were not driving the vehicle at the time, you must provide a Statutory Declaration including the full name and address of the driver to the City of Unley.
If the vehicle has been sold prior to the offence date, you should forward a copy of the disposal notice or a Statutory Declaration with the new owner's full name and address.
Payment of the infringement notice is required by the due date specified.
If payment is still not made by the end of the reminder notice(s), the infringement notice will be forwarded to the Chief Recovery Officer for enforcement.
Parking fines do not result in demerit points against your driver's licence. However, if the matter proceeds to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Officer there may be other consequences if not paid including the suspension of your driver's licence or seizure of goods to be sold to satisfy the amount owing. Fine enforcement is administered by the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit.
If you have overdue fines, please get in touch with the Fines Unit today. Just call 1800 659 538 or visit the Fines Unit website.
Pay online with your credit card. Mastercard and Visa are accepted.
Please phone the City of Unley Council office between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please have the infringement notice available at the time of the call.
Please present your infringement notice to the City of Unley Council office at 181 Unley Road, Unley between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Cheques or Money Orders should be made payable to the City of Unley and forwarded with the infringement notice details to PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061.
Receipts will only be issued if clearly requested.
The Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit has been established within the Attorney-General’s Department to recover overdue fine amounts owed to state and local government bodies. These functions moved from the Courts Administration Authority to the new Fines Unit on 3 February 2014.
If you were not driving at the time of the offence complete the statutory declaration on the ticket, stating the name and address of the driver or if you had by the time of the offence transferred ownership of the vehicle, give full details of the owner and post to: City of Unley, PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061.
Dispute the offence informally by writing to Council using the Submission for Review of Expiation Notice Form. Upon receipt of your appeal, the expiation notice will be put 'on hold' pending a review. You will be advised of the outcome by Council in writing once a decision has been made by the reviewing officer. Please be aware that council cannot consider an appeal once the matter has been transferred to the Chief Recovery Officer, which occurs once the due date on the reminder notice has expired. Any enquiries after this stage will need to be referred to the Chief Recovery Officer by phoning 1800 659 538.
Dispute the allegation that you committed the offence and elect to be prosecuted. If you elect to be prosecuted for the offence, you may get a summons. The summons will set out when and where to attend Court. Complete the appropriate section on the infringement notice and post or deliver it to the City of Unley.
If you think the offence(s) was trifling apply to the City of Unley for a review of the infringement notice (for meaning of trifling - see Section 4(2) Expiation of Offences Act 1996).
Only vehicles bearing a valid Disabled Permit from the Department of Transport Energy & Infrastructure are permitted in this zone. The Permit entitles the driver to park for the maximum time as indicated on the signs. No extensions of time are permitted. Permit holders may park for 90 minutes extra or double the time whichever is the greater in time limit zones (please ensure you check the signs carefully).
An application for a permit is available from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) to people who have permanent disabilities and this permit must be displayed at all times when parked in a Disable Permit Zone. The applicant's doctor completes the appropriate form and the permit is issued in respect to the information provided by the Doctor. There is a cost involved for this permit. Contact DTEI on 13 10 84
This permit is the means by which Council officers assess the eligibility of vehicles to park in these zones.
The Disabled Person's symbol is displayed in car parks and means that only vehicles displaying a current disabled person's parking permit issued under Part 3D of Motor Vehicles Act 1959 and driven by or carrying the disabled person may use the parking space.
The holder of a disabled person's parking permit must comply with all parking conditions.
Vehicles displaying a Disabled Parking Permit
The extended time does not apply in loading zones or non-permissive zones (normal loading zone conditions apply).
A total prohibition on parking applies in these areas as these restrictions are imposed for road and pedestrian safety reasons and to maintain access. A continuous yellow edge line is a road marking which runs parallel to the kerb.
You are not permitted to stop or park in these zones at any time, regardless of the reason. Even if you are only stopping to let someone out of the car and regardless of whether you leave the engine running and stay in the car.
You must not stop in a No Parking area unless dropping off or picking up passengers or goods. You must not leave the car and not take longer than two minutes.
Parking your vehicle too close to an intersection can endanger pedestrians and other drivers by blocking their view of the traffic and by restricting other drivers' turning space.
A driver must not stop on a road within 20 metres of the nearest point of an intersecting road at an intersection with traffic lights.
A driver must not stop on a road within 10 metres from the nearest point of an intersecting road at an intersection without traffic lights.
All vehicles must be parked parallel to the kerb unless the signs and or road markings indicate angle parking is required.
All parallel parked vehicles must face the same direction as the moving traffic on that side of the road. This is called 'the lawful direction'. To ensure a clear passage for moving traffic, parallel parked vehicles (other than motor cycles) must have both kerbside wheels as close as practicable to the kerb.
You must not stop across your own or another person's driveway, or so close to the driveway that you stop a vehicle from driving in or out.
Vehicles must not be parked with any part of the vehicle on a footpath or footway. This includes the grass verge outside your home. Apart from the obstruction of pedestrians, footpaths are not intended to bear the weight of vehicles as damage may be caused to the surface or services located underneath.
A footpath is the area from the kerb to the property boundary, this includes lawns and gardens. A footpath also includes footway, lane or other place made or constructed for the use of pedestrians and not for the use of vehicles. The section of footpath, which enables access to premises, is part of the footpath and is not available for parking.
Many of the main roads in the city have lanes, which are provided specifically for bicycle riders. There is signage at the beginning of the lane, along the length of the lane and at the end.
Bike Lanes are a single roadside lane indicated by a solid white continuous road marking. The bicycle symbol is painted on the road on intersections, which form part of the Bike Lane.
Bike Lanes were created as a State Government initiative to provide a legitimate and reasonably unimpeded road area for cyclists and to improve road safety.
It is an offence for a vehicle to be parked with any part of that vehicle in a Bicycle Lane during the times specified on the Bike Lane sign. If there are no times indicated on the sign, the Bike Lane is in operation 24 hours. You must not stop in a Bike Lane at all regardless of your reasons to do so. This is considered a serious offence and a severe penalty applies.
Clearways improve traffic flow at the busiest times of the day. A Clearway starts at the Clearway sign and ends at the End Clearway Sign. You cannot stop your car between these signs during the times specified on the Clearway sign.
Only public buses are permitted in Bus Zones. Bus drivers need unrestricted access to these areas to safely pick up and set down passengers. Unauthorised vehicles create severe inconvenience for bus drivers, particularly during peak periods. Stopping to set down or pick up a passenger is not permitted.
A driver must not stop within one metre of a fire hydrant, fire hydrant indicator or fire plug indicator.
Loading Zones are only available for the pickup or set down of goods or items, which are too large or heavy to carry conveniently. If you have a commercial vehicle you may use a Loading Zone for a maximum of 30 minutes as long as you are loading or unloading. A 'commercial vehicle' means a motor vehicle constructed solely or mainly for the carriage of goods (including a vehicle of the kind commonly called a utility, but excluding a vehicle of the kind commonly called a station wagon or station sedan).
All other vehicles (this includes station wagons and hatchbacks) may only use a Loading Zone for a maximum of 10 minutes if goods, which due to their weight or size are difficult to handle are being picked up or set down.
Stopping your vehicle too close to a children's crossing may mean that a child entering the crossing can't see or be seen by an approaching car.
This means that stopping momentarily to let a child out or pick a child up is an offence.
These restrictions do not apply when flags are not displayed and the crossing is unattended.
However, if there is also a No Stopping sign at the approach to the crossing you must obey it at all times.
Council regularly experiences problems with parking around schools. It is not the responsibility of the Council to provide parking around schools but Council has the difficult task of managing the limited number of on-street spaces available.
For this reason parking restrictions are specifically installed outside schools to control the behaviour of people delivering and collecting students. These restrictions are often installed at the request of the school or nearby residents. Parking patrols ensure the safety of children through enforcement of the parking restrictions.
The basic principle is that a larger number of vehicles can use each space if it is restricted to short term parking and various parking restrictions are used to achieve this. These may include No Stopping, Yellow Edge Line and No Parking restrictions.
Download the Keep Kids Safe: Traffic Rules Around Schools brochure for more information.
Under the Australian Road Rules 1999, vehicles over 7.5 metres in length (including a trailer attached) or having a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 4.5 tonnes or over can only be parked on a road for a maximum of one hour.
Owners or drivers of a vehicle of 3 tonnes or over wishing to park on a residential property require Development consent. The type of vehicle which need consent include: buses, motor homes, vans, trucks, prime movers, earth moving equipment and associated trailers.
Some areas within the City have parking restrictions that require vehicles to display a Residential Parking Permit/Exemption to legally park in these areas.
An application for a Residential Parking Permit/Exemption needs to be made to Council in writing and should include the applicants name and address, the vehicle type and registration number of each vehicle that a permit is require for.
Permits must be displayed on each vehicle while it is parked in the zone to prevent an infringement notice being issued.
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