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What is parking?

Parking means to stop a vehicle in a particular place (such as at the side of a road or in a parking area) and to leave it there for a time. Parking includes situations where the driver does not leave the vehicle.

Parking infringement

A parking infringement is defined as parking a vehicle or leaving it standing in breach of:

  • the rules set out in a council controlled area
  • a local law made by a council
  • the road rules or regulations
  • any other Act, regulation, rule or by-law.

It does not matter whether any person is in the vehicle or not.

More information


Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic)

  • s. 3—defines a parking infringement
  • s. 86—parking infringements are operator onus offences
  • Part 7A—private parking areas

See Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Road Safety (General) Regulations 2019 (Vic)

  • Schedule 6—summary of the infringement penalties for parking offences

See Road Safety (General) Regulations 2019 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Road Safety Road Rules 2017 (Vic)

  • Part 12—Regulations about stopping and parking
  • Dictionary—defines park, parking area and parking bay

See Road Safety Road Rules 2017 (Vic)(opens in a new window).