Timely reminder to park responsibly
With school back from holidays, now is the perfect time to brush up on your road safety and parking rules to protect the safety of children, school crossing supervisors and other people dropping children off or travelling through school zones. Making sure you follow the rules is also a good way to avoid a parking warning or infringement and is important for a range of reasons including:
- To improve safety for school children and pedestrians, especially around school zones where drivers often double park and park in ‘No Stopping’ zones
- To ensure shoppers have easy access to parking spaces close to local businesses
- To reduce traffic congestion and make sure traffic flows through our towns
- To ensure the most convenient parking spaces are available to highpriority users such as those with disabled parking permits
Council officers visit school zones regularly and will issue infringements to people who don’t do the right thing. We also monitor other common problem areas and can issue warnings or fines to people who overstay in timed parking zones, who park in disabled spots without permits or who park and create safety hazards in residential areas. Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was important people took notice of parking restrictions. “These restrictions are in place for a reason, primarily to ensure the safety of our community and to help people to go about their business in our busy shopping areas,” Cr Sanderson said. “Our Local Laws Officers see people ignoring the laws far too often, especially around school zones, so we will continue to be proactive in these areas and other hotspots to make sure people are sticking to the rules and keeping our community and children in school zones safe.
“We will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to people who do the wrong thing in school zones and to those who park in disabled bays. “We’ll also be issuing warnings for other offences and standard infringement notices will then be issued to those continuing to flout the law.” To read more about Road Safety Road Rules 2017, please visit www.legislation.vic.gov.au.