The City of Mitcham promotes a safe and happy community. By parking appropriately, you can help to ensure there is no danger to pedestrians and avoid traffic congestion.
State Legislation requires that Councils must be responsible for the enforcement of parking control. This enforcement is not due to the need to raise revenue, but rather to ensure the safety and convenience of pedestrians and motorists. Enforcement is necessary because unthinking and often irresponsible motorists do not always adhere to the rules, and therefore cause problems and difficulties for the community.
This section explains parking regulations in Mitcham and why Council is obliged to enforce penalties for parking offences.
Schools and other No Stopping areas
At most schools you will find a No Stopping area or an area designating restrictions during school hours. Drivers parking in restricted areas can cause blind spots for other motorists and create a hazard for children. It is also an offence to set down or pick up a person in these areas or stop a vehicle on the road edge in an area marked with a continuous yellow edge line.
Drivers should also avoid obstructing entrances or crossing places as it impedes movement of vehicles.
It is an offence to leave semi-trailers and trucks parked on any roadway in the City of Mitcham for longer than one hour if they exceed 7.5 metres in length or 4.5 tonnes in weight. This regulation applies to all streets and roads within the City of Mitcham, including industrial areas.
The obstruction of fire hydrants and fire plugs is an offence. It is illegal to park in front of a fire plug or hydrant, including in front of private residences.
In most car parks and some streets, parking areas are reserved for holders of disabled permits only. If you hold a disabled permit, the permit must be displayed on the vehicle. These can be obtained from the Motor Registration Division of the Department of Transport. These departmental permits are acceptable throughout South Australia.
Special Service Parking and Bus Zones
Special service vehicle zones include parking for buses, taxis, commercial vehicles and loading. A sedan or station wagon used for commercial purposes does not constitute a commercial vehicle. These areas should be left for the vehicles indicated.
Because of the danger of obstructing drivers' views, it is an offence to park a vehicle within 10 metres of an intersection or junction of streets or roads. The 10 metres are taken from the edge of the gutter.
Reserves and Footpaths
Driving or parking on a reserve, dividing strip, footpath or verge or entering back into the flow of traffic could cause a serious accident. Driving, riding or parking on a reserve may cause damage to the reserve or the underground watering systems.
Time limits apply to some Council-owned car parks and streets. They have been set to keep car parks available for shoppers and should not be used for all-day parking.
Drivers should also be aware that it is an offence to leave a vehicle on a roadway for longer than 24 hours. This applies to all streets and roads, including outside residents' homes. Should a vehicle be left on a roadway longer than 24 hours, Council may impound the vehicle without giving notice. If a vehicle is impounded, costs are charged for its recovery, including towing and impounding fees.
Parallel and Double Parking
A vehicle is deemed not parallel parked if it is not aligned as closely as practicable with the line of the kerb. Furthermore, it is an offence to park a vehicle so that it is facing opposite the legal driving direction on the side of the road that it is parked. Parking between a parked vehicle and the centre of the road to pick up or drop off is an offence.
Penalties and Payment
Under the Expiation of Offences Act, tickets need not be attached to vehicles. Details of the offence may be taken and an expiation notice posted to the offender.
Legal proceedings may be instituted if payment is not made within 28 days. However, Council may accept late payment subject to additional administrative and legal costs being included with the expiation fee.
To appeal against any infringement notice issued by the General Inspectorate a letter must be written to Council or an appeal form can be completed at the City of Mitcham Civic Centre, 131 Belair Road, Torrens Park between 9am and 5pm or downloaded - Expiation Appeal Notice (64 kb), completed and posted to the City of Mitcham, PO Box 21, Mitcham Shopping Centre, TORRENS PARK SA 5062.
For further information regarding parking control, including concerns regarding parking fines, contact Council on 8372 8888 or email.
For further information regarding parking and other road rules, look up the New Australian Road Rules on Transport SA's web site at: http://www.transport.sa.gov.au/publications/road_rules/toc.asp.