Parking on nature strips (between your property and the roadside) is far safer to the public with improved visibility for the driver and pedestrians.
However despite the obvious safety concerns, parking on the nature strip is not permitted under our parking laws and you can be fined by parking inspectors or the City Rangers.
The diagram with this article attempts to illustrate the danger posed by forcing vehicles off the nature strip onto the road. Most suburban roads don’t even have line markings making even more obstactles for pedestrians and drivers to negotiate.
There seems to be no public safety reason to force vehicles to park on the road instead of safely off the road. In the countryside its normal to park off the road as far as possible for everyone’s safety, but on suburban street this logic is not applied for some reason.
Weekly NewsletterEvery Thursday afternoon, we package up the most-read and trending RiotACT stories of the past seven days and deliver straight to your inbox..
Plus, homeowners must take care of this area of nature strip and especially with drought conditions it is probably better to improve this area with a hard standing.
Forcing vehicles of the road onto property also poses a significant risk of death or injury particularly to infants and children from reversing vehicles.
I wonder what Pedestrian Council of Australia has to say about this?
Whats more important? Blank green squares of nothingness in front of our homes and apartments or dead children?