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Stopping and parking

Stopping at intersections, railway level crossings and pedestrian crossings

When traffic is heavy, queues of vehicles can build up quickly.

If you find yourself in a traffic queue, it is important that you don't block other roads, railway lines or pedestrian crossings.

Always follow the blocking rule.

Blocking rule

You must not go into or attempt to cross the intersection, railway level crossing, pedestrian crossing or an area controlled by pedestrian traffic signals, unless there is space for your vehicle on the other side of the intersection or crossing.

Picture illustrating the blocking rule

Not blocking the intersection

In the illustration above, vehicle A must not go into the intersection because there is no space ahead.

Vehicles B and C can go into the intersection because there is enough space ahead.

You must not go into, or attempt to cross, a pedestrian crossing, unless there is space for your vehicle on the other side of the crossing.

Picture showing a car incorrectly blocking an area controlled by pedestrian traffic signals

Blocking the area controlled by pedestrian traffic signals

The vehicle in the illustration above is blocking the area controlled by pedestrian traffic signals.

When turning right at traffic lights you are able to enter and stop in the intersection, as long as there are no other cars already waiting in the intersection to also turn right. When it’s safe to do so you may complete the turn even if the light is no longer green by the time you get to turn.

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Last updated: 27 February 2015