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