Parking rules exist to improve traffic flow and to ensure the safe and fair use of the roads within the City/Country for the benefit of everyone. Many people park illegally because it is convenient, without stopping to think that they might be inconveniencing others or putting them in danger. If you park illegally, you risk being fined. Parking tickets are officially called Parking Expiation Notices. How they are enforced is regulated by State Law and is the same for all Councils.
The Australian Road Rules have been made into Regulations under the Road Traffic Act (SA) and came into operation throughout Australia on 1st December, 1999. Local Councils are authorised to issue expiation notices for offences defined in Part 12 of the Australian Road Rules 1999.
The Rules were developed by the National Road Transport Commission, State and Territory transport agencies, police and other organisations and have introduced uniform or consistent road rules throughout Australia.
Here is a link to the Website to help you keep yourself informed and updated on these rules www.legislation.sa.gov.au
If you park illegally, you risk being fined.
Parking tickets are officially called Parking Expiation Notices and they can be handed to you, secured under your vehicle windscreen wiper blade or sent to you in the mail. Parking Expiation Notices are regulated by State Law and enforceable by all Councils.
As the owner of the vehicle you are responsible for the fine, however if you were not driving the vehicle at the time, you can provide a statutory Declaration and include the full name and address of the driver to Council.
We expect fines to be paid on time. The Parking Expiation Notice includes a “pay by date”.
Statutory fees are added when a fine isn’t paid by this date. If you refuse to pay the fine, the matter is referred to the Magistrate’s Court. We prefer to help resolve issues before this happens as it can result in the suspension of your driver’s licence or, in serious instances, your property can be seized and sold to satisfy the amount owing.
Parking infringements do not result in demerit points against your driver’s licence.
If you believe there is a good reason for you not to pay the fine, you can dispute the expiation notice. Disputes must be made within 28 days of receiving the fine.
Please write any reasons for your dispute on the back of the expiation notice and/or on this form.
Please ensure you include your name, address, expiation notice number, contact telephone number and the reasons and/or evidence to support your dispute.
When Council receives your expiation notice dispute you will receive written notification within 7 days of receiving the initial dispute. This notification will include a new payment due date if applicable.
If you continue to dispute our decision you can submit a second application. This application also must be addressed to Director Planning & Infrastructure. When doing this it is important that you provide further information to support you original dispute.
Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit
More flexible options now available for paying overdue fines
People now have more flexible options to pay their overdue fines, due to changes to the management of fines inSouth Australia.
A new unit – the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit– has been established within the Attorney-General’s Department to recover overdue fine amounts owed to state and local government bodies. These functions moved from the Courts Administration Authority to the new Fines Unit on 3 February 2014.
What this means for fines owed in South Australia
- It’s now easier for people to manage overdue fines, with more options available. Overdue fines can be paid online and over the phone, and in person at any Australia Post Office or Service SA Customer Service Centre.
- People can apply for a Payment Arrangement to spread their payment over a longer period, even before a fine is sent to the Fines Unit for enforcement). Prior to February 2014, an ‘application for relief’ had to be submitted to gain any kind of payment arrangement.
- For those who evade paying their fines, escalating enforcement measures will be applied to recover the amounts owed. These enforcements include suspending driver’s licences, clamping and impounding vehicles, seizing and selling assets, and making deductions directly from a person’s bank account or salary.
Get in touch with the Fines Unit today if you have overdue fines. Just call 1800 659 538 or visit www.fines.sa.gov.au
Parking for People with Disabilities
A map of parking spaces available to persons with a disability permit in the Gawler Town Centre can be found here.
Council does not issue Disabled Persons Parking Permits. Requests for disabled persons are available from Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI). Permits help eligible people park nearer to their destination. An application for a permit is available from DTEI. People who have permanent disabilities with this permit must display this clearly at all times when parked in these zones.
This permit is the means by which Council’s Inspectors assess the eligibility of vehicles to park in these zones.
The holder of a disabled person’s parking permit must comply with all parking conditions:
- Vehicles displaying a Disabled Parking Permit
- Extended time only applies in time limit zones
- May park for 30 minutes if the time limit on the Parking Sign is less than 30 minutes; or for two hours if the time limit on the sign is 30 minutes or more but 1 hour or less; or twice the period indicated on the sign if the time limit is more than 1 hour (please check signs carefully)
- May not park in any other parking area eg “No Stopping: or “Bus Zone” or “Permit Zone” etc.
- The extended time does not apply in loading zones or no permissive zones (normal loading zone conditions must apply).
Parking Common Offences
For your convenience please find below a summary of some of the most common offences committed by motorists for which Expiation Notices may be issued:
- No stopping provisions
- Stopping in or near an intersection (within 10 Metres)
- Stopping on a clearway
- Stopping in a loading zone
- Stopping in a taxi zone
- Stopping in a bus zone
- Stopping in a permit zone
- Stopping in a bicycle lane, bus lane, tram lane, tramway, transit lane, truck lane or on tram tracks
- Double parking
- Obstructing access to and from a footpath, driveway etc
- Stopping on roads-heavy and long vehicles
- Stopping in a parking area for people with disabilities
- Parking for longer than indicated
- Parallel parking on a road
- Angle parking
- Parking in parking bays - Not Wholly within one space