Can you park on the wrong side of the road?

RACV RoyalAuto magazine

Car parked the wrong way on the side of the road

When did the rules change to allow vehicles to be driven and parked on the wrong side of the road? I have … raised the issue with senior traffic police …[and was] told it was a council issue.

Noel Rumsey

The rules have not changed. When parking on the side of a road (including any shoulder), the driver must face their vehicle in the same direction as traffic is travelling in the lane/line of traffic next to where the vehicle is parked.

If the road is a two-way road, the driver must park the vehicle parallel and as near as practical to the far left side of the road, unless parking signs indicate otherwise.

If the road is a one-way road, the driver must park the vehicle parallel and as near as practical to the far left or far right side of the road, unless parking signs indicate otherwise.

Victoria Police are correct in advising that parking is generally enforced by councils. If you notice illegal parking, report it to the relevant council for their action.

 

For more details on the Victorian Road Rules, go to racv.com.au/roadrules.

Submit Road Rules questions to RoyalAuto, 550 Princes Hwy, Noble Park North, VIC 3174 or care@racv.com.au, including 'Road Rules Question’ in the subject line.

Written by Emily McLean
April 18, 2017