Parking on nature strips or footpaths
We have a legal obligation to enforce the Victorian Road Rules, including the no stopping and no parking on the nature strip and footpath rule.
We understand that people sometimes use the nature strip because they feel it is safer than parking on the road, especially in streets that are narrow. However the reality is that parking fully or partially on nature strips and footpaths, regardless of the intention, is illegal.
Vehicles parked on the nature strip or footpath:
- cause major damage to public infrastructure, both above and below the ground
- may prevent emergency personnel from accessing key infrastructure such as water, sewage, gas, telecommunications and drainage pipes
- can pose increased safety risks for pedestrians as they are less visible to oncoming cars
- restrict access for wheelchair and pram users
You can be issued with a parking fine from Police our our Parking Control Officers if you park on nature strips or footpaths.
The case of narrow streets
We have been enforcing the no stopping and no parking on the nature strip and footpath rules across the majority of the municipality. These rules are enforced across Victoria.
However, following residents' concerns, we identified a number of narrow streets where parking on the roadway could create safety concerns and restrict access for traffic. We adopted a short term measure that allowed people in these streets to provisionally park on the nature strip whilst a consistent solution could be found.
We have completed a review of traffic and parking conditions on those streets to find solutions that will enable local residents to change their parking habits and stop parking on the nature strip.
Just because your street is narrow does not necessarily mean it is on the list of streets where parking on the nature strip is being temporarily tolerated. Unless advised otherwise by Council, you should assume any street in Moonee Valley operates under normal Victorian Road Rules, and that parking on the nature strip is not allowed. Please note that we will not add any additional streets to this list.
Categories of narrow streets
Narrow streets are divided into three categories based on their width. The table below outlines the possible parking options available for each category (note that one-way streets are treated differently).
||more than 7.2m
||In most cases, roads wider than 7.2 metres can accommodate parking on both sides of the road and one lane of traffic with cars travelling in both directions, giving way to each other.
||5.2m - 7.2m
||In most cases, roads that are between 5.2 and 7.2 metres can accommodate parking on one side of the road only and one lane of traffic with cars travelling in both directions, giving way to each other.
||less than 5.2m
||Roads that are narrower than 5.2 metres cannot accommodate any on street parking. There can only be one lane of traffic with cars travelling in both directions, giving way to each other.
Parking review in narrow streets
We completed the process of reviewing each narrow street. Our aim was to identify possible traffic and parking arrangements that would make it easier for local residents to park on the road safely and not park on the footpath or nature strip. For more information, read our factsheet (pdf, 773KB).
We are now in the process of contacting local residents, one street at a time, as every street is different. This may involve asking residents to identify a preferred option into the future, with Council being guided by the votes of the people in that street.
From 29 July 2013, we are starting to enforce the no stopping and parking on nature strip and footpath rule on those streets where consultation has taken place and new parking arrangements have been implemented. Just like the consultation process, enforcement will take place one street at a time. We will provide a period of time for residents to get used to the new parking arrangements on their street before we start to enforce the no stopping and parking on nature strip and footpath rule.
We will initially issue warnings to those not adhering to the new arrangements but residents might subsequently be fined for any further infringements.
Using private off-street parking
No matter how wide your street is, we strongly encourage you to use your garage or driveway, if you have one, to park your vehicle. This private off-street parking is a guaranteed car space for you and it helps ease the demand for parking on the street.