Specific motorcycle parking guidelines only mention that the motorcycle should “not stick out further than any parallel parked vehicle”.
We asked NSW Transport to point out the specific reference to motorcycles leaning out of the parking bay.
This is their reply:
Under Rule 211 of the Road Rules 2014, a driver who parks on a length of road, or in an area, that has parking bays (whether or not a park in bays only sign applies to the length of road or area) must position the driver’s vehicle completely within a single parking bay, unless the vehicle is too wide or long to fit completely within the bay.
Determining whether a vehicle is ‘completely within’ a parking bay or is in breach of this rule is a matter for an authorised officer. If a penalty notice is issued for this offence by a police officer, the fine is $80.
The best option is for riders to ensure that all parts of their vehicle are within the parking bay.
In other words, there is NO specific reference to motorcycles.
As for relying on the leniency of a parking office … don’t hold your breath!
Queensland rules actually mention motorcycles:
Section 211(2) of the Queensland Road Rules (QRR) states when using a parking bay, any driver, including motorcycle riders, must position their vehicle completely within a single parking bay, unless the vehicle is too wide or long to fit completely within the bay. The on-the-spot fine for a vehicle not parked properly is $52 from 1 July 2019. There can be a maximum penalty of $2611 ($2669 from July 1) if the matter is referred to court. Fines set by councils may differ.
We also notice that some motorcycle parking bays are not long enough for cruiser or tourer motorcycles as in the photo below.
Victoria’s rules allow some leniency here: “A rider must position the driver’s vehicle (motorcycle) completely within a single parking bay, unless the vehicle is too wide or long to fit completely within the bay.”
Parking fine upheld
Stephen challenged the parking fine asking for leniency because of the marginal overhang, but the Commissioner of Fines Administration upheld the fine.
The Commissioner says he consulted the Caution/Review Guidelines, legislation and information provided by the issuing authority in reaching the verdict.
“The photograph provided indicates the vehicle was partially parked in the no-stopping zone at 6.54am,” the Commissioner wrote to Stephen.
“Based on this information, we are unable to cancel the penalty.
“No-stopping zones are often in areas where it is unsafe for vehicles to stop or park, such as where they may cause a hazard to other vehicles or pedestrians.
“It is important to keep these areas clear to ensure the safety of road users.”
Stephen says the fine seems punitive for such a marginal transgression.
“I am absolutely fuming as this looks like a revenue-generating con,” he says.