‘I was completely unaware’: the obscure parking regulation that is causing drivers to lose hundreds of dollars

A Sydney council has taken measures to remind residents about the meaning of solid yellow lines painted on the road, as confusion arises over the enforcement of no stopping zones using this method. The use of yellow lines is becoming more common on Australian roads, replacing traditional signs to reduce visual clutter.

In April 2024, Bay Council in Sydney’s south issued a statement explaining that solid yellow lines at intersections and on the side of roads indicate ‘No Stopping’ zones. The council emphasized that these yellow lines have the same rules as a ‘No Stopping’ sign and can be enforced with or without additional signage.

According to the Australian Road Rules, all states and territories, except Western Australia, use yellow lines to mark non-stop zones. Parking on a yellow line can result in fines, with penalties varying depending on the location:

– New South Wales: $275 or more ($387 and two demerit points in a school zone)
– Queensland: up to $309
– Victoria: up to $192
– South Australia: up to $210
– Western Australia: up to $200
– Northern Territory: $80 or more
– Australian Capital Territory: up to 20 penalty units ($3200)
– Tasmania: up to $975

Residents of Bayside Council shared their experiences on social media, with some expressing surprise at the rule and others recounting incidents of inadvertently parking on yellow lines due to poor visibility. Despite some residents’ lack of awareness, yellow line markings have been in use since 1999 and were integrated into New South Wales legislation in 2009.

Yellow lines on the road in Australia serve various purposes, not just indicating ‘No Stopping’ zones. For example, in Victoria, a solid yellow line in the middle of the road marks tram tracks and crossing it is prohibited. Nationwide, yellow boxes with crossing lines at intersections remind drivers not to stop even if traffic flow is blocked. Traffic rule 128 stipulates that drivers must not enter an intersection if they cannot pass through due to blockages.

In addition, yellow lines next to the sidewalk indicate obstacle-free zones during certain times, with signs specifying when parking is prohibited. Overall, if you see a yellow line on the road in Australia, there is a high likelihood of receiving a ticket for stopping or parking in that area.

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