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Parking Fines

Nobody likes receiving parking infringements, however it is Council's responsibility to ensure the safe and fair use of our roads and parking areas for the benefit of everyone.


Pay my Parking Fine

Online
 
Post

Send a cheque or money order by mail to:

City of Kingston
PO Box 1000
Mentone VIC 3194

Please ensure the cheque or money order is made payable to City of Kingston Parking Infringements. Please also include the infringement number with your payment.



View Photos

The primary source of evidence for the infringement is the observations recorded by the authorised enforcement officer. The officer may take photos to support their observations.

You can view any available photos by entering your Parking Infringement Number. Please allow up to 24 hours for any photos to be uploaded.

Why is my search showing 'no results found'?

There are a number of possible reasons:

  • If you received the infringement today or yesterday, the officer’s photos may not have been loaded onto our system yet. This can take up to three days, after which time you should be able to search for photos.
  • Your infringement was issued prior to July 1 2020, if this is the case please complete the Appeal my parking fine form and request images to be sent.
  • Make sure you have entered in your Infringement number and vehicle registration number correctly.
  • The infringement was issued in a school zone during school operating hours, current Council policy is to not take photos during these hours.
  • If you cannot view your images online for any other reason, please complete the Appeal my parking fine form and request images to be sent.
Are officers required to take photos when issuing infringements?
  • Officers are not required to take photos by law. Infringements are issued as a result of the Officer observing the offence occurring, not as a result of photographic evidence.
  • Photos are often taken to document the parking offence and assist with the subsequent review or prosecution of an infringement.
  • Whether photos are taken or not, officers conduct a thorough assessment before issuing an infringement, including checking the vehicle for a correctly displayed parking ticket or permit, checking the parking sign, and any applicable parking meters or ticket machines.


Appeal my parking fine

Online: Apply for an internal review. You may upload images or documents in support of your request.

Email/Post: Complete the Internal Review Application Form and send to info@kingston.vic.gov.au or PO Box 1000, Mentone VIC 3194.

Requests must:
  • be in writing
  • include the infringement number and vehicle registration number
  • include a return postal address
  • state the grounds for review and include any supporting documentation
Review outcome options:

Council have 90 days to review your appeal, however appeals are typically reviewed within 2-5 business days upon receipt. Under current Legislation all responses to appeals are required to be sent in writing by post. 

After reviewing an appeal council may:

  • Confirm the decision to serve an infringement notice and proceed with enforcement
  • Withdraw the infringement notice and serve an official warning in place of the infringement notice
  • Withdraw the infringement notice
  • Withdraw the infringement notice and refer the matter to the Court
  • Waive all or any penalty reminder notice fees
  • Approve a payment plan

Please be aware that you are only entitled to 1 appeal per Infringement. In the event of your application for internal review being unsuccessful, and to avoid additional Statutory Court costs, one of the following actions must be taken by the due date specified on the notice.

Applications will not generally be considered if you received an infringement because you:
  • did not see a sign
  • are new or unfamiliar with the City of Kingston or a Road Rule
  • did not notice that a sign or restriction had changed
  • did not understand the parking sign – all signs conform with Australian standards
  • were delayed at an appointment or meeting that went over time
  • ran out of petrol
  • didn’t have change for the ticket machine – drivers need to arrange this before they park their vehicle or use one of the other pay parking options
  • were unaware of which vehicles are eligible to use Loading Zones or Permit Zones
  • placed a paid parking ticket or parking permit upside down or it had fallen out of sight – you must ensure that it is correctly displayed prior to leaving your vehicle
  • left your permit in another car or had an expired permit displayed
  • only stopped for a few moments in a restricted area to drop off or pick up goods or passengers
  • helping somebody and thought it was OK to disregard the parking restrictions – despite the good deed you must ensure your vehicle is legally parked
  • ongoing road works and disruptions to regular parking – this does not permit you to park your vehicle illegally
Supplying Additional Information

 You may be requested by Council to supply additional information.



Request an Extension of Time or Payment Plan

Request an Extension of Time

Online: Request an Extension of Time.

Email/Post: Complete the Extension of Time Application Form and send to info@kingston.vic.gov.au or PO Box 1000, Mentone VIC 3194.

Phone: Call Council on 1300 653 356, Monday to Friday from 8am to 5:30pm. 

 

Request a Payment Plan

Online: Apply for a payment plan

Email/Post: Complete the Payment Plan Application Form and send to info@kingston.vic.gov.au or PO Box 1000, Mentone VIC 3194.

Eligibility criteria may apply.

If you are a holder of a Centrelink Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or a Department of Veteran's Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, please provide a copy when submitting your request.

 

More information

If you wish to speak to someone about your options, please contact us on 1300 653 356 or info@kingston.vic.gov.au



Nominate another driver

If you weren't the driver you must nominate the driver who was responsible.

Online: Nominate the driver / owner of the vehicle

Email/Post: Complete the Nomination Form (Part 1) and send to info@kingston.vic.gov.au or PO Box 1000, Mentone VIC 3194.



Information on Court Proceedings

The registered owner or nominated driver can elect to have their infringement matter heard at the Magistrates' Court at any time, prior to the infringement being registered with Fines Victoria.

The court election must be made in writing. Request a Court Hearing online or complete the Request a Court Hearing Form (Part 2) and send to info@kingston.vic.gov.au or PO Box 1000, Mentone VIC 3194 

Once a Court election request is received, Council's prosecutor will review the request and make arrangements for the matter to be lodged at Court. The prosecutor will send a hearing notice to the applicant approximately one month before the scheduled hearing date.

Council cannot provide legal advice about this process and recommends that drivers seek independent legal advice before proceeding to Court.

The Court election process will result in the City of Kingston incurring further costs. Council will seek to recover those costs from the person taking the matter to Court, if the Court finds in favour of Council's original decision to issue the infringement notice.

Once a hearing has been scheduled, you may seek an adjournment by contacting the Magistrates' Court. This must be done prior to the day of the hearing. You should also contact the City of Kingston prosecutions officer to discuss your adjournment application. It will be up to the Court to grant or refuse an adjournment.

Once a Court election has been processed and a hearing scheduled, you may only settle the matter prior to attending Court by making an out of court settlement. This will generally be the total infringement amount as well as any additional costs that Council has incurred.



Legislation and Grounds for Appeal

The Infringements Act 2006 defines how Council must review infringement notices.

The Act states that only one application for internal review can be submitted for consideration.

The Act also states that applications for internal review can only be considered on the following grounds:

  • The infringement notice was issued contrary to the law
  • There has been a case of mistaken identity as the infringement notice was issued to the incorrect vehicle or person
  • There are 'exceptional circumstances' that could excuse the conduct that resulted in the infringement notice being issued. For example:
    • There was a medical emergency (injury or illness posing an immediate risk to a person's life or long time health)
    • The vehicle had broken down
      Exceptional circumstances are verifiable and unforeseen circumstances that are outside of your control
  • There are 'Special Circumstances'. Special Circumstances are defined in the Infringements Act 2006 as follows
    • A mental or intellectual disability, disorder, disease or illness where the disability, disorder, disease or illness results in the person being unable
      • to understand that conduct constitutes an offence; or
      • to control conduct that constitutes an offence; or
    • A serious addiction to drugs, alcohol or a volatile substance within the meaning of section 57 of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 where the serious addiction results in the person being unable
      • to understand that conduct constitutes an offence; or
      • to control conduct which constitutes an offence; or
    • Homelessness determined in accordance with the prescribed criteria (if any) where the homelessness results in the person being unable to control conduct which constitutes an offence
  • Family violence within the meaning of section 5 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 where the person is a victim of family violence and the family violence results in the person being unable to control conduct which constitutes an offence
  • That the person was unaware of the infringement notice have being served and would like the additional penalty reminder notice costs to be waived

Parking Laws and Rules 

Parking, the law and you - your guide to parking laws in Victoria

Parking, the law and you is a booklet from the Victoria Law Foundation that provides important legal information about parking laws in Victoria and what to do if you get a fine. It covers parking laws and signs, fines, how to appeal, the consequences of not paying a fine, and where to get help.

 

Common Parking Offences

Here is a simplified explanation of the most common parking rules and the associated offence types.

This is intended as a helpful guide only – please refer to the Victorian Road Rules for the specific wording. VicRoads also has a helpful explanation of parking rules.


Parking for longer than the time limit allows

Time-limited parking occurs in areas where there is high demand for parking spaces. Time limits ensure busy areas remain accessible for all drivers. Over-staying even a couple of minutes can result in an infringement. Should you need to stay longer, you must move your vehicle to another area.

The following reasons for over-staying are not valid grounds for the withdrawal of an infringement notice:

  • not seeing or misreading a sign
  • being delayed at a medical/business appointment or being in a hurry
  • not being familiar with the parking conditions
  • finding nowhere else to park
  • moving your vehicle directly from one parking space to another between the same parking signs
  • forgetting to move your car.

Drivers are encouraged to choose parking areas and time limits that allow enough time to attend to commitments (allowing for any delays) and make sure that their vehicles remain legally parked.



In a permit zone without a permit

In areas where parking is limited, we have set aside parking areas for residents, or other designated groups. You can only park in a Permit Zone if you correctly display the permit specified on the sign. Parking your vehicle in those designated areas without a valid permit can result in an infringement. It is the responsibility of the driver to check that the permit is clearly visible on the dashboard/ windscreen for others to see.

The following commonly presented reasons are generally not considered valid reasons to withdraw an infringement notice:

  • not displaying a valid permit
  • being delayed at an appointment or being in a hurry
  • not being familiar with the parking conditions
  • not seeing or misreading a sign
  • finding nowhere else to park
  • parking for a very short time without a permit


Failure to pay (no valid ticket)

There are certain areas within the City of Kingston which require a fee to be paid that entitles you to park your vehicle without incurring an infringement. Drivers should be mindful of the parking signs and conform to those conditions.

Follow the sign to the correct machine, purchase a ticket and display it correctly. It is the responsibility of the driver to check that their purchased ticket/parking permit is clearly visible on the dashboard/ windscreen.

If the ticket machine is faulty, there are alternative methods of payment that can be used such as Pay wave/debit master card. In the City of Kingston where ticket machines operate, you can also pay for parking fees using the EasyPark app on your smart phone. For further information visit EasyPark.

The following reasons are generally not considered valid for the withdrawal of an infringement notice:

  • believing that because the ticket machine was broken there were no restrictions
  • leaving the vehicle because you or a passenger needed to use the toilet
  • assuming the ticket machine was not working
  • being delayed at an appointment or being in a hurry
  • leaving the vehicle to get change or running out of change
  • making an error when using the ticket machine
  • parking for a very short time without payment

When parking in these areas, the onus is on drivers to ensure they have sufficient money to cover the cost of parking and that the time paid up for is sufficient to cater for their needs.



No stopping areas

‘No stopping’ means no stopping at all. No stopping zones are placed in high traffic and busy pedestrian areas, especially around schools, to protect the safety of pedestrians and to keep traffic moving.

No Stopping signs indicate that a vehicle must not stop in the area for any reason, or any length of time, even with hazard lights on, or with occupants in the vehicle. The onus is on the driver to adhere to the parking restrictions at all times, regardless of whether they appear appropriate or cater to the driver’s needs. Stopping to let someone out, or into a car, regardless of whether you leave the engine running or stay in the vehicle, is not allowed in a no stopping area.

The following commonly presented reasons are generally not considered valid for the withdrawal of an infringement notice:

  • stopping for a very short time
  • dropping children off late for school
  • stopping to let a passenger in or out for any reason such as bad weather
  • finding no room at the school pick-up/drop-off area
  • stopping to make a quick delivery or collection
  • stopping to answer your mobile phone


Loading zone/taxi zone/bus zones

Loading Zone

Only eligible vehicles can use Loading Zones when picking up or dropping off passengers or goods. These vehicles include taxis, buses, trucks, vans, utes and other vehicles used for delivery that have permanent signs fixed to both sides of the vehicle. Magnetic signs are not permitted.

Regular passenger vehicles can’t stop in a Loading Zone, even if loading or unloading. 

If the sign has no time limit, a default limit of 30 minutes applies for eligible vehicles.

Taxi and Bus Zones

Taxi and Bus Zones are reserved for the exclusive use of buses and taxis. Other vehicles, including Ubers, can’t stop in these zones, even for a short period of time.

The following commonly presented reasons are generally not considered valid for the withdrawal of an infringement notice:

  • stopping a privately registered vehicle to drop off or pick up passengers or goods
  • finding nowhere else to park
  • stopping for a very short time
  • stopping to answer your mobile phone


Other parking restrictions

Stopping in parking area for people with disabilities

You can only park in an area for people with disabilities if you are the holder of a valid parking permit for people with Disabilities, or are transporting the permit holder and correctly display the permit. The time limit is shown on the sign and your permit does not extend this time. If you do not have this permit correctly displayed then you may be issued an infringement.

Unsigned restrictions

A vehicle must not stop if it is:

  • double-parked
  • inside an intersection
  • across a lane or private driveway
  • on the wrong side of the road
  • on a footpath, reserve or nature strip
  • in a bus or transit lane
  • obstructing the flow of traffic or leaves less than 3 metres of road clearance for traffic to pass
  • opposite a continuous solid white line, unless there is 3 metres of road clearance between your car and the line for traffic to pass
  • within 10 metres of an intersection
  • next to a continuous yellow line on the edge of the road
Non-valid appeal reasons

The following commonly presented reasons are generally not considered valid for the withdrawal of an infringement notice:

  • being a resident, ratepayer or local employee or business owner (unless holder of valid parking permit conditions apply for that area location)
  • not understanding or misreading the parking signs
  • being a first-time parking offender
  • not understanding or knowing about the parking restriction