Loading zones

loading zone signs

Loading zones are clearly signed areas set aside for short-term use by certain vehicles when loading or unloading goods in the course of business or when dropping off or picking up passengers. Extended parking while loading zones are in operation is not permitted.

Loading zones are available for vehicles that are principally designed and constructed for carrying goods.

Loading zone signs

Signs indicate that a loading zone is in force either:

  • For 24hrs a day. It is illegal to use this loading zone for general parking.

OR

  • For specific hours. Outside these specific hours, the loading zone can be used for general parking, in accordance with other parking restriction signs.

If the loading zone sign has a parking limit on the sign, e.g. 15mins, then that is the maximum time all permitted vehicles are allowed to park.

Loading zones are clearly signed parking areas set aside for short-term use by certain vehicles when loading or unloading goods in the course of business or when dropping off or picking up passengers.

Loading zones are generally located in urban centres for the use of vehicles principally designed and constructed for carrying goods. Loading zones should only be used by vehicles that meet the following criteria.

Rules for using loading zones

Under NSW Road Rule No. 179 a driver must not stop in a loading zone unless the driver is driving:

  1. a public bus that is dropping off or picking up passengers; or
  2. a truck that is dropping off or picking up goods.
    A public bus is a vehicle that can seat more than 8 adults and is used commercially. This does not include private people-mover type vehicles.
    The above Rule also allows a driver of a vehicle to stop in a loading zone:
  3. When dropping off or picking up passengers.
  4. If the vehicle is a station wagon or 3-wheeled bike that has been built to carry goods.These vehicles can park up to 15 minutes while the driver drops off or picks up goods.
  5. If the vehicle has been built to carry goods. These vehicles, generally trucks, can park up to 30 minutes while the driver drops off or picks up goods.

These rules and time limits also apply to tradesperson’s vehicles that satisfy loading zone criteria.

What is a station wagon?

A station wagon is a vehicle having all of the following features.

  1. Has a sedan equivalent. That is, the body forward of the front seat or seats and the greater part of the mechanical equipment, is the same or substantially the same as in a car of the same make and
  2. Has a flat roof extending at the same height to the rear of the vehicle. That is, the body is carried without significant reduction in height from the front seat or seats to the rearof the vehicle and
  3. Has an entrance at the rear suitable for the loading and unloading goods and
  4. Is manufactured with a rear seat or seats which can be folded or removed readily to provide additional floor space for the carriage of goods and
  5. That when the seat or seats immediately to the rear of the front seat or seats are in position for passengers, has a substantial space for the carriage of goods in proportion to the overall size of the interior of the vehicle.
Note:

The majority of 4WD vehicles, hatchbacks and other coupé and sports type vehicles are not defined as station wagons under NSW Regulations.

These vehicles are not principally designed and constructed for carrying goods and therefore, they are excluded from parking in loading zones.