Avoiding fines

Car blocks driveway

When parking in Brisbane, be it in the CBD or in a residential street, there are general rules that you need to remember. These rules ensure all roads and footpaths can be used safely by other motorists and pedestrians.

Make sure you don't park:

  • On footpaths or footpath ramps.
  • Across or partly blocking driveways or footpaths.
  • In any area or space designated as emergency, essential services or disability parking (unless your vehicle is permitted).
Unless otherwise signed, the following rules apply at intersections and bus stops:

  • Park at least 10m from an intersection without traffic lights.
  • If there are traffic lights, park at least 20m from the intersection.
  • Park at least 20m behind a bus stop, or at least 10m in front.

Clearways and solid-yellow lines

Clearways improve traffic flow during peak times and public safety. You must not set down or pick up passengers in clearways, even when stopped at traffic lights or in traffic. Clearways are also tow-away zones. Any vehicle parked in a clearway will be towed as soon as possible. Towed vehicles will also be issued with a parking fine.

Don't stop or park at any time in zones marked with a solid-yellow line on the road. This is a “No Stopping” zone. Other than the yellow line, these zones are usually not signed. 

Some Clearway areas operate only during certain times of the day. The Clearway sign will show the times of operation. If there are no times on the sign, the Clearway applies 24 hours a day.

Bus and transit lanes

Bus and transit lanes improve the speed and reliability of bus and taxi services through busy streets. They generally operate during peak hours. Check traffic signs for specific times.

Bus lanes:
Are for buses, taxis, bicycles, and emergency and essential service vehicles.
Can be used by buses and taxis to drop off or pick up passengers.
Cannot be used for stopping or parking by any other vehicle during operating hours.

Transit lanes:
Are for buses, taxis, motorcycles, bicycles, and emergency and essential service vehicles.
Can be used by buses or taxis to drop off or pick up passengers.
Cannot be used for stopping or parking by any other vehicle during operating times. Other vehicles may travel in a transit lane if they comply with the relevant conditions.

Illegal and dangerous parking

An illegally or dangerously parked vehicle is one parked outside Brisbane City Council's parking rules and regulations or any vehicle that may be creating a public safety problem.  A vehicle parked illegally or dangerously can be issued with a parking fine or even towed.

To report an illegally or dangerously parked vehicle, contact the council. If you think your vehicle has been towed, phone 07 3403 8888.

Road camping

In Brisbane, camping is permitted only in designated grounds. It is illegal to camp overnight on a road or park; this includes sleeping in your vehicle.  If you camp overnight on a road or park in Brisbane, you may be issued with a $550 on-the-spot fine.