The control of parking in the vicinity of businesses is a high priority in the Mount Isa City due to the limited amount of parking spaces available within the Central Business District (CBD).
Council has consequently imposed various parking restrictions within the CBD in an effort to enhance the availability of parking spaces. The restrictions also assist in facilitating the free flow of vehicular traffic in the vicinity of businesses.
It is the responsibility of our local Community and Council's Local Law Officers to ensure that these restrictions are complied with. The following information is provided to assist road users and others with their understanding of various requirements.
Meanings of important terms as defined in the City's Local Laws:
‘Parking' means: "to permit a vehicle whether attended or not to remain stationary except for the purposes of avoiding conflict with other traffic or complying with the provisions of any law or immediately picking up or setting down persons or goods."
To ‘Stop' means: when applied to or in respect of any person, vehicle, tram, train, or animal, means to halt and remain halted while thereunto required by lawful authority."
The terms "No Parking" and "No Stopping" mean that these practices are prohibited during the indicated times.
"Pick up and Set Down Only" Areas: Pick up and set down only areas are designed to allow large numbers of vehicles to pick up or set down their passengers in a short length of time. These bays are "No Parking" areas but vehicles are permitted to stop or 'stand' in them to immediately pick up or set down passengers.
"No Stopping" Areas: Some areas in the vicinity of businesses are set aside as "No Stopping". The reason for this is that stationary vehicles in these areas restricts the free movement of other vehicles in the street. It may be that the area is close to a children's crossing, or that the stationary vehicles in that area limits the visibility of other motorists. It may also be that stationary vehicles on that particular side of the road narrows the road to the extent whereby traffic flow is severely restricted.
Vehicles are not permitted to stop in "No Stopping" areas to drop off or pick up passengers at all irrespective of how quickly they do this.
Prohibited activities for local government controlled areas or roads
The following outlines several different prohibited or restricted activities that often occur within our streets. The Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 details many of these activities as offences mainly for safety reasons. They are also included in Mount Isa City Council's Local Law 4 - Local Government Controlled Areas, Facilities and Roads.
Sale of Vehicles: Advertising a vehicle for sale on part of the road reserve without Council approval is an offence under Local Law 4. Many people do not realise this and get caught out when they place their vehicle on their front verge or on the median strip of a road reserve.
Parking or Leave Standing an Unregistered Vehicle on a Council Controlled Area: under Local Law 4, parking an unregistered vehicle on a Council Controlled Area (i.e. median strips, footpath, car park, verge etc) is prohibited.
Park or Stand Vehicle Facing Against Traffic Flow: When parking a vehicle on a road, the vehicle must be parked facing in the same direction of the traffic flow. To park or stand a vehicle facing against the traffic flow is an offence under the local law and the State Road Traffic Code.
Riding on Footpaths in the CBD: Riding a bicycle, wheeled recreational device or wheeled toy, as defined in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 on a footpath located within the central business district is prohibited. These footpaths are clearly identified through signage.
All road users are strongly encouraged to make the effort to park legally which will result in roads being safer to drive on. The proper use of the designated parking areas will allow customers/tourists to visit businesses quickly and safely. Although this may at times mean that business employees may have to walk a short way to their workplace if they wish to park their car in the CBD for longer than 2 hours, the brief walk of one or two minutes is well worth it to enhance traffic flow and parking availability.
Should you have any queries or concerns regarding parking please contact the Administration Office on 4747 3200. An officer will be quite happy to listen to your concerns and/or explain any relevant laws.
Your cooperation is appreciated and it is hoped that this information will help clear up any confusion or misunderstanding on these parking matters.