10 metres, you irresponsible gits. Yes, this is a crotchety rant while wearing my curmudgeon pants.
You’ve got to park at least 10 metres from the corner at an intersection without traffic lights (and at least 20 metres from the corner at an intersection that does have traffic lights). For a comparison, the average car parking space in a parking lot is between 5.5 and 6 metres long, reflecting an average car length of 4.5-5.5 metres, so most of us should be parking two whole car lengths from the corner. This space allows cars using the driving lanes to actually see around the corner for oncoming traffic i.e. it makes driving safer.
But that’s not how it seems to happen in my neighborhood. How about yours? Cars parked within 1-2 metres of the corner all over the back streets, yet how many times do you ever hear of somebody getting booked for it? Where are all the parking officers when you need them? Only once have I heard someone complain about being booked for parking only 10 metres away from an intersection with traffic lights, where he should have been 20 metres away but he hadn’t realised that there was a different rule. I would totally support a parking enforcement blitz around here.
It’s all laid out on pages 134-135 in the RTA Road Users Handbook (pdf)
Parking rules are designed to stop vehicles from parking
where it would be dangerous or inconvenient for others.
General parking rules
You must not stop your vehicle (that is, bring it to a stop and either stay with the
vehicle or leave it parked) in the following circumstances:
• Double parked (that is in the road alongside a car that is parked).
• Across a driveway or footpath.
• On a median strip or traffic island.
• On motorways.
• In a clearway.
• On footpaths and nature strips.
• Between BUS STOP, BUS ZONE, TAXI STAND or TAXI ZONE signs.
• In a safety zone or within 10 metres before or after a safety zone.
• Within an intersection.
• In a slip lane.
• Within 20 metres of an intersecting road at an intersection with traffic lights
unless a sign allows you to park there.
• Within one metre of another vehicle parked in front or behind
(does not apply when angle parking).
• Within 10 metres of an intersecting road at an intersection without
traffic lights unless a sign allows you to park there.
• Within three metres of any double centre lines.
• Within three metres of an Australia Post letter box unless dropping off or picking
up passengers or mail.
• Within 20 metres before and 10 metres after a bus stop.
• On or within 20 metres before and 10 metres after a children’s crossing or
• Within 10 metres before and three metres after a marked foot crossing with
• Within one metre of a fire hydrant, fire hydrant indicator or fire plug indicator.
• On a railway level crossing.
• Within 20 metres before and after a railway level crossing.
When you are parking on a hill or a curve outside a built up area, make sure that
someone coming over the hill or around the bend can see your car from at least
100 metres away.
Before opening your door check your mirrors and blind spots for
pedestrians, bicycles or other vehicles.
I’m tempted to get out there with a 10 metre measuring tape and a sign and take photos of people parking where they shouldn’t. I probably won’t actually do it, I’ll just fantasise about it. If somebody else decides to do it though? I will be cheering very loudly.