Parking, the road rules and you

Parking and traffic laws exist to ensure the safe and fair use of Victoria's roads for the benefit of everyone.

Your responsibility

As a licensed driver, you are expected to be aware of the road rules and adhere to them at all times. Failure to obey the road rules can lead to receipt of a parking infringement. If this infringement is not paid, statutory costs and legal action may result.

Our responsibility

We must ensure that:

  • parking spaces are shared fairly by the community
  • motor and pedestrian traffic is not obstructed or inconvenienced
  • any danger caused by unsafe parking is minimised.

Your right to appeal

You have the right to request a review of your infringement before the due date on your infringement notice.

Under the infringements Act 2006 there can only be one review of an infringement.

You may request a review if you believe:

  1. The decision to issue an Infringement Notice:
    1. was contrary to law.
    2. involved a mistake of identity, for example the person to whom the infringement was issued was not the actual person who committed the offence.
  2. That 'special circumstances' apply to you. Under the Infringements Act 'special circumstances' apply to a person if they are unable to understand that conduct constitutes an offence or are unable to control conduct that constitutes an offence due to any of the following:
    1. a mental or intellectual disability, disorder, disease or illness
    2. a serious addiction to drugs, alcohol or a volatile substance
    3. homelessness
  3. The conduct for which the infringement notice was served should be excused having regard to any exceptional circumstances relating to the infringement offence. This may include:
    • car broken down.
    • medical emergencies - there will be situations where a person may need emergency treatment. This does not include general appointments at the hospital, doctors, dentist etc.
    • failure to display permits correctly
Note: All of the above are subject to proof (supporting documentation) and will be independently reviewed.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 18 January 2022