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Parking and safety around schools

Parking rules exist around schools to keep children and parents safe.

What can you do to stay safe?

  • Supervise your children in or near traffic
  • Walk or cycle to school with your child
  • Respect all road rules, parking signs and instructions from authorities
  • Wait on the same side of the street as your child
  • Always let your child out of the kerb side of the car.

Parking/stopping signs

No stopping areas must be kept clear If times/days are specified, restrictions are only applicable to the the specified times/days. You cannot park in a P3 minute area for longer than three minutes.


Within 10 metres of an intersection

A driver must not stop with any part of their vehicle within 10 metres of an intersection unless signed otherwise.

Allow 3 metre gap

At least 3 metres must be left between your vehicle and the centre diving line to allow other vehicles to pass safely and not obstruct traffic.


Look out for the reduced speed limit around schools and slow down to improve safety.

School crossings

  • Look out for flags and crossing supervisors
  • You must stop for anyone waiting to cross or who has started crossing
  • Please remain stopped until the crossing is clear.

No parking on nature strips/footpaths

Parking is illegal on nature strips and footpaths.

image depicts cars parking correctly and incorrectly

Yellow edge line

A driver must not stop on the side of the road marked with a yellow edge line.

Double parking

It is illegal to double park at any time. This affects the flow of traffic.

Stopping across driveways

It is illegal to stop/park across a driveway unless you stay in the car and are there for no more than two minutes. You must move immediately if required to do so to allow entry or exit by the owner/occupier.

Parking Enforcement

Parking Officers patrol and enforce parking restrictions around schools on a daily basis to ensure the safety of children and motorists. As part of their enforcement activity, officers take photos of offending vehicles to assist with reviews and prosecutions of infringements. Officers are trained to record this evidence while avoiding identifying children and parents around the vehicle wherever possible.

While conducting their duties, Parking Officers are exempt from parking road rules under Road Rule 307. Officers are legally able to record evidence of offending vehicles while they are stationary, which in some circumstances will include them parking contrary to law, for which they are permitted to do so.