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Road Rule Reminder, Loading Zones

By Sgt.Bungers - 10 March 2011 39

An open reminder to all ACT residents and motor vehicle users.

Loading Zones.

From the Australian Road Rules: 179 Stopping in a loading zone

(1) A driver must not stop in a loading zone unless the driver is driving:
(a) a public bus that is dropping off, or picking up, passengers; or
(b) a truck that is dropping off, or picking up, goods; or
(c) a vehicle that is permitted to stop in the loading zone under another law of this jurisdiction.

Offence provision.

(2) A driver who is permitted to stop in a loading zone must not stay continuously in the zone for longer than:
(a) 30 minutes; or
(b) if information on or with the loading zone signs applying to the loading zone indicates another time — the indicated time; or
(c) for a driver who is permitted to stop in the loading zone under another law of this jurisdiction that provides for a shorter period — that period. Offence provision.

(rant) Could everyone please note the wording of point one – a driver must not stop in a loading zone – instantly prohibiting all road users from stopping their vehicle of choice against a curb in a loading zone unless they fall under the criteria outlined in the remaining dot points of the rule.

Also please note, the absence of dot points d, e or f, under rule 1, which many Australian Capital Territorians seem to believe exist:

d: a driver of any vehicle may park in a loading zone if they’ll just be 5 minutes.
e: A driver may wait indefinitely in a loading zone between 5 and 6 pm, if picking up a significant other or friend from work.
f: May park in any loading zone in Canberra city any time after 5:10pm on a Friday so as to wander over to after work drinks at Uni Pub or Muddle.

Yes, parking is getting tighter, particularly in Canberra City… however loading zones don’t exactly exist in abundance either.  If nothing else is free nearby, you may just have to head to the wilson car park, or an ACT gov carpark and walk 200 metres. Gahh! (end rant)

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Road Rule Reminder, Loading Zones
norman1985 7:08 pm 11 Jul 12

ute drivers and 4wds severly annoy me.. i drive a truck and need those loading zones all over canberra to be able to do my job and i come across so many darn cars in them, especially utes who i see “loading lunch” into thier vehicle..damn selfish people
i cant believe people can be so inconsiderate, they dont think of the poor workers who have a big truck to park, who need access to shops to do thier work, who have to do several laps just to find a park, and if they cant find one have to risk getting an $80 parking fine, which most of the time they personally have to pay for, yes a footpath isnt a loading zone but sometimes they have no choice, do you see the work they do? its a little hard sometimes to park a block away transporting goods..

…however, it always makes me day when i see a car in a loading zone with a parking ticket =) karma sometimes gets them

flatwhiteleft 11:53 am 11 Mar 11

It might be worth pointing out that just because there is not a truck unloading goods at that particular moment, it still does not make it ok to use a loading zone.

KB1971 8:31 am 11 Mar 11

Grumpy Old Fart said :

As I understand it to park in a loading zone the vehicle must be business registered and in the act of being loaded or unloaded. It is not automatic that a ute can park in the loading zone just because it is a ute, it must be business registered unless a loading zone permit has been purchased.

The rule posted above disagrees with you.

Grumpy Old Fart 10:25 pm 10 Mar 11

As I understand it to park in a loading zone the vehicle must be business registered and in the act of being loaded or unloaded. It is not automatic that a ute can park in the loading zone just because it is a ute, it must be business registered unless a loading zone permit has been purchased.

Ledanta 8:47 pm 10 Mar 11

If you want to park in a loading zone – pay the extra $500 it costs to register a commercial vehicle in the ACT. Loading zones are not free parking for anyone – commercial vehicles included.

screaming banshee 8:27 pm 10 Mar 11

Actually its only non-commercial vehicles that you have to buy the permit for, like companies that give their staff a wagon but they still need to use loading zones.

Also worth mentioning there are two classifications of loading zone, the first is the basic loading zone which can be used by any commercial vehicle or vehicle with a permit. The second is ‘Goods Loading and Unloading Only’ that can only be used for deliveries and not trade vehicles.

thy_dungeonman 7:44 pm 10 Mar 11

actually some loading zones have 9-5 window and anytime after that is available to other vehicles. I would also like to point out that a bike path nature strip, footpath or park is not a loading zone!

el 7:39 pm 10 Mar 11

EvanJames said :

I think that even a goods-carrying vehicle like a ute or van still needs to have some kind of ID issued by the ACT gov’t saying they are licensed to use loading zones.

No, this is not correct. ‘Loading zone permits’ are for non-commercial vehicles (regular cars).

el 7:37 pm 10 Mar 11

EvanJames said :

[I think that even a goods-carrying vehicle like a ute or van still needs to have some kind of ID issued by the ACT gov’t saying they are licensed to use loading zones.

Nope.

no idea 5:55 pm 10 Mar 11

Utes are registered as light trucks and as far as I know can be parked in a loading zone to um er pick up and or drop off goods. We pay extra rego it must be for something!

homeone 4:29 pm 10 Mar 11

I knew about (1). They must have added (a), (b) and (c) to that sometime when I wasn’t watching.

EvanJames 4:18 pm 10 Mar 11

rosscoact said :

It’s only illegal if you get caught. Buy a ute, even the parking inspectors leave you alone.

I think that even a goods-carrying vehicle like a ute or van still needs to have some kind of ID issued by the ACT gov’t saying they are licensed to use loading zones.

Captain RAAF 2:27 pm 10 Mar 11

what if I let the wife out at the start of the loading zone so she can dash to the ATM and just crawl along at .3 of a kmh and pick her up at the end of the loading zone, I haven’t stopped so therefore…..

rosscoact 2:25 pm 10 Mar 11

It’s only illegal if you get caught. Buy a ute, even the parking inspectors leave you alone.

pptvb 2:10 pm 10 Mar 11

OR…..
g: just going to that ATM for a minute
h: I am loading….these groceries, kids, slabs etc….into my car!

altruism & laziness over-ride all road rules in Canberra.

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