3 quirky car park questions answered


Can I be fined for speeding in a car park?

Ever zoomed to get to that vacant spot on the other side of the car park? If speed limit signs are displayed at the entry or in the car park, you must obey them just as you do on the road. If there aren’t speed limit signs displayed, technically the default speed limit – which is 50km/h – should apply. However, travelling at that speed is not recommended, of course, as you risk the safety of pedestrians, yourself and other vehicles. Remember, travelling at slower speeds will make it safer for you and others to get in and out, especially as most car parks are in tight spaces. If you’re caught driving without due care in a car park, you’ll be pulled over and be required to attend court. You’ll face a maximum $2500 fine, 3 demerit points and a $160 Victims of Crime Levy. Now that’s money which would have been better spent on Christmas presents.

Speeding in a car park

If speed limit signs are displayed, you must obey them.


Can I reserve a car park by standing in it?

You know the silly season is well and truly upon us when you spot a desperate shopper reserving a car park for their driver by standing in it. While there’s no law against doing this, we don’t recommend risking the possibility of being struck by a vehicle. A few extra minutes trawling the car park won’t hurt nearly half as much. What’s more, 80% of more than 1000 respondents in a recent RAA Facebook poll say it’s not okay to secure a spot this way. Many respondents – like Natasha Gibson – say it’s only acceptable if a driver’s saving a spot for an ambulance, police, or an RAA Patrol. “I did it [saved a park] for the RAA man who came to fix my car. People were really understanding,” she says.


Reserving a car park

Don’t risk your safety by reserving a car park this way.



Can I steal a park even if the other car is indicating first?

We’ve all been there: spent what feels like hours driving up and down each row until a free spot opens up with your name on it. Just when you thought you’d claimed the spot by flicking on your indicator, another car zooms in. Unfortunately, there’s no law against stealing a park that another driver considers theirs because they were there first, but there is somewhat of an unwritten rule. The decent thing to do is to give way to the vehicle that reaches the space first and allow them enough room to move. The majority of you agree, with a recent RAA Facebook poll revealing 88% of respondents have never stolen a car park. Some, however, have had it happen to them. “I was waiting whilst a car was reversing out of a car park and, quick as a flash, another car ducked into the spot! Not nice!” Marg Zerner says.

Can I steal a park?

There’s no law against stealing a park. (Picture has been altered)