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The Queensland University of Technology Act 1998 (Qld) authorises a Regulated Traffic Area to be established on University land. A violaton of the posted traffic (including parking) regulations constitutes an offence under the Act, and penalites may be imposed under the State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999 (Qld).

There are also some simple steps you can follow to ensure that you comply with the posted Traffic Regulations, and do not receive an infringement.

 

List of Offences

The following is a list of offences for which you could receive an infringement. Click on each offence in the following list to find out why an infringement notice was issued and in some cases what is not a valid reason for requesting that the infringement be waived. These offences are listed in order of most frequently issued. If, after reading these explanations, you feel that your infringement was issued incorrectly you may apply for a waiver.

Failing to display a valid permit for the area.

This infringement is issued to vehicles not displaying a valid permit for the particular area in which they have parked. It may also be issued if the officer can not read the entire permit through the windscreen.It is your responsibility to:

You should also be aware that a permit which has been copied or amended in any way is not a valid permit and should you be found to be using such a permit you will also lose any parking privileges that you hold.The Green Zone (formerly known as 'Lot 5') parking area at the Creative Industries Precinct covers all parking spaces which you access by driving past the large entrance sign. In general, if the only legitimate way to access the parking area is by passing an entrance sign, the instructions contained on that entrance sign apply.Motorcycle riders at Gardens Point are also advised that parking under S, Z and C Blocks is paid parking only. The only exception to this is the marked motorcycle area next to the exit boom gate at C Block level 1 (this is the area on the Z Block side of the boom gate).

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Failing to display a valid ticket for the area.

This infringement is issued to vehicles parked in the Pay & Display car parks who are not displaying a valid ticket purchased from the machines within the car park. It may also be issued if the officer can not read the entire permit through the windscreen.It is your responsibility to:

You should also be aware that a ticket which has been copied or amended in any way is not a valid ticket and should you be found to be using such a ticket you will also lose any parking privileges that you hold.

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Parking in an area not set aside as a parking area.

You may only park in designated car parks on any campus, and within the marked bay if these are provided. QUT has to follow certain guidelines when installing parking areas that take into consideration vehicle and pedestrian access, the use of the area, vehicle size and turning requirements.

The following are not a valid excuses for requesting a waiver:

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Parking longer than permitted time.

Some bays on campus have a time restriction in place and an infringement will be issued when vehicles overstay the permitted length of time. Please note that that you must remove your car from the area, and not simply move car spaces within an area. Time restrictions are placed on car parks to ensure that there is a turnover of vehicles and to cater for staff and students who need access to the campus for a short period of time. In addition to signposted 2P and 4P parking bays, all loading bays on campus are strictly 30 minutes only.

The Short Term Car Park at Gardens Point is a maximum of 4 hours in any one day. This means that if you must remove your vehicle after a maximum of 4 hours. You are not permitted to purchase additional hours or move your vehicle to another space or return and park later during the day.

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Parking against a yellow kerbside or roadway marking.

Yellow line marking indicates "No Standing Anytime" and is used in places where it would be hazardous to have a vehicle parked. This could be to accommodate the types of vehicles that use the area, to ensure safe distance from a junction or to ensure the smooth flow of traffic. Some drivers have claimed that they didn't know what yellow line marking means. It is your responsibility as a licensed driver to be aware of the road rules, one of which is the meaning of yellow line marking. Only in exceptional circumstance are infringements waived.

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Parking in a restricted area.

This infringement would apply to a vehicle that is parked in a disabled bay, a loading zone or any parking area that has signposted restrictions on its use. A valid Disability permit is required in any Disabled Parking bay identified by the international symbol or lettering. Having a injury of any sort does not permit non permit holders to use the bay. If you do have an injury that requires you to park on campus you should contact the Parking Office before you are required to attend the campus, preferably at least 48 hours before you need access.

Only in exceptional circumstances are infringement waived.

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Parking against a No Standing sign.

These signs are placed in areas where it would be hazardous to have a vehicle parked. This could be to accommodate the types of vehicles that use the area, to ensure safe distance from a junction or to ensure the smooth flow of traffic. Some drivers have claimed that they didn't know what yellow line marking means. It is your responsibility as a licensed driver to be aware of the road rules, one of which is the meaning of yellow line marking. Only in exceptional circumstance are infringements waived.

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Parking contrary to the scheme of orderly parking.

These infringements are issued for area on campus which is set aside for parking, but which has no marked parking bays and where the vehicle is either blocking other vehicles from either entering or exiting the car park, or blocking access to a building, walkway etc. An infringement may also be issued if a vehicle is parked across multiple bays in a car park with marked bays.

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Obstructing emergency vehicle access or traffic flow.

This infringement will be issued to any vehicle which obstructs traffic flow or emergency vehicle access, including access to fire hydrants, buildings etc. Blocking emergency vehicles or traffic flow could have life-threatening even if its 2am in the morning and there are no other vehicles around.

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Parking in a direction contrary to that permitted.

Vehicles must park in the direction of traffic flow. Vehicles parked contrary to the direction of traffic flow will more than likely have had to drive for some distance on the wrong side of the road or the wrong way in a one-way street. Doing so is extremely dangerous and as such infringements for this offence will not be waived.

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Failing to obey direction of a traffic officer or other authorised person.

From time to time it may be necessary for the Parking or Security Officers to give directions to drivers. This will be to ensure the smooth flow of traffic or to respond to an emergency or roadway obstruction. Failure to obey the instructions could escalate the problem. The only acceptable reason for not following the directions given, is if doing so would put you or your vehicle in danger.

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Parking against a No parking sign.

No Parking signs are erected for a reason. Failure to see the sign is not a valid excuse as it is your responsibility as a driver to check for signage.

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Driving in a direction contrary to that permitted.

This infringement will be issued to vehicles that are either driving on the wrong side of the road or the wrong way in a one-way street (eg Lamington Drive at GP, Ring Road at KG). As this offence has the potential to cause an accident, these infringements will not be waived.

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Failing to obey a traffic control device other than a speed limit sign.

Traffic signs and other control devices such as witches hats and boom gates are put in place to ensure the safe flow of vehicles around campus. In the event of construction works or other disruptions to the normal flow of traffic on campus, it may be necessary to utilise officers to direct traffic using temporary “Stop/Go” hand held signs.  In the event that a driver refuses to follow these directions an infringement will be issued. There is no basis for an appeal against this infringement unless at the time of the offence the officer was not paying attention and accidentally directed you to drive towards a cliff or other such abyss, or into a large stationery object like a building or tree.

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Driving in area not constructed as a carriage way or parking area.

This infringement would be issued to drivers who drive over grassed or garden areas.  Driving in such places would cause damage to these areas.  The only situation where this is permitted is when you are directed to do so by a Parking, Traffic or Security Officer.

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