Clearways and tow-away zones
What is a clearway?
A clearway is a section of road where parking and stopping is not allowed at the times shown on the clearway sign.
Clearways are put on some main roads which have more traffic during peak hours. They allow cars, trams and buses to keep moving and avoid delays during peak times.
If you park in a clearway zone during the restricted times, your vehicle can be towed away.
Who enforces clearways?
VicRoads enforces clearways.
What to do if your car is towed
If you have parked illegally in a clearway and your car is gone when you return, check the clearway signs. There is a sticker on each clearway sign which tells you the number you can call to enquire about your car. The phone number is 13 48 69.
If your vehicle has been towed, it is taken to a secure impound storage yard.
By calling the number you can arrange to collect your car. You must call the number before going to the impound yard to collect your vehicle.
Penalties if you park in a clearway
A fee to release your vehicle from the storage yard applies.
if you do not collect your vehicle within 5 days, a storage fee also applies for every day after that until you collect the vehicle.
You may also receive a parking infringement notice from Council or Victoria Police in addition to the release and storage fees.
See VicRoads tow-away zones for VicRoads fee information and further details about the location of the storage yard and opening times.