With an increasing number of vehicles on our roads, users are faced with competing demands for parking, loading and mobility spaces. Our parking regulations are an attempt to provide spaces for people to park, to be fair and considerate to all road users and to ensure safety for the public at large.
Rules About Parking
Without parking and road rules our streets would be chaotic, as people parked all day wherever they wanted. Rules, and fines for breaking those rules, are the tools we use to help moderate bad parking behaviour and to reduce traffic congestion. The rules for road use and parking are mostly made at a national level, with some specific rules made for local conditions. The local rules can be found in Council Bylaws.
If you are discovered breaking the rules you will be issued with a parking infringement and fine. The amount for fines is set at a national level.
Hurunui District Council’s Parking Officers are legally warranted to provide enforcement services for the rules which apply throughout the district.
Where can I find the rules?
Parking and road rules can be found in the following legislation:
- The official New Zealand Road Code contains a comprehensive list of parking rules
- Land Transport Road User Rules
- The Land Transport Act
- The Transport Act
- Local Council Bylaws.
As a quick reference, these are just some of the places you must not park, stop your vehicle, set down or pick up passengers.
- Broken yellow lines
- Within 6m of an intersection
- Where traffic signs say you must not stop or park
- On a marked bus stop
Parking spaces are well signposted. However, if you are unsure about whether to park in an area, or how long you will need the space for, it may be best to find another place to park. How to read a road or parking sign is clearly explained in the official New Zealand Road Code.