What’s the road rule about using a loading zone?

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Truck in a loading zone

I sometimes see vehicles other than trucks stopped in loading zones. Just who is allowed to use a loading zone? 

A.Young, Tootgarook

Drivers must not stop in a loading zone unless they are driving: a bus, commercial passenger vehicle, taxi or a truck (which has a gross vehicle mass more than 4.5 tonnes) that is dropping off or picking up passengers; or a vehicle constructed mainly for carrying loads (i.e. not a sedan, station-wagon or motorcycle) that is dropping off or picking up goods and displaying an identifying label approved by VicRoads; or a hire vehicle that has seating for 10 to 12 adults (including the driver) that is dropping off or picking up passengers; or a vehicle, including a motorcycle, with either a courier vehicle sign or a delivery vehicle sign permanently fixed (i.e. not magnetically) to the vehicle.

Other drivers must not stop in a loading zone, even if loading or unloading passengers or goods.

A 30-minute limit applies to loading zones unless signs indicate other­wise.

Emily McLean
PHOTO: Meredith O’Shea
Published in RoyalAuto Aug 2016

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Changes to road rules - effective 1 July 2017: To stop in a loading zone, courier or delivery vehicles must be dropping off or picking up goods.

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