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Parking police style

By 30 October 2012 33

police parking

Just find yourself an illegal space between 2 parked cars and knock yourself out.

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33 Responses to Parking police style
#1
buzz81911:14 am, 30 Oct 12

Dunno, looks legal to me?

#2
Gantz11:19 am, 30 Oct 12

Yeah am sick of seeing Police vehicles mounted on curbs, nature strips and the such, only to see the nice Officer’s coming out of the closet Cafe or Fast Food restaurant.

#3
SnapperJack11:27 am, 30 Oct 12

What’s wrong with this? It’s better than a motorbike taking up a whole car space intended for a car. In any case, the police officer might have seen something or someone that needed attention and had to park the bike as quickly as possible.

#4
ezy10z11:36 am, 30 Oct 12

buzz819 said :

Dunno, looks legal to me?

Perfectly legal

#5
PantsMan11:55 am, 30 Oct 12

ezy10z said :

buzz819 said :

Dunno, looks legal to me?

Perfectly legal

The Australian Road Rules do not apply to emergency service vehicles during an emergency.

A lack of parking next to “Bean in the City” is a recognised category of emergency.

#6
BelcoMan11:56 am, 30 Oct 12

Strange post.

Fair to say Pitchka ASSUMES the bike got there after the 2 cars.

Big assumption – move along, nothing to see here

#7
p112:00 pm, 30 Oct 12

Sometimes I get a little irritated at police using their exemptions from certain parking laws for no valid reason – this though doesn’t worry me at all. Really, this is just efficient use of space. It should be legal for all motorcycles.

#8
p112:03 pm, 30 Oct 12

PantsMan said :

The Australian Road Rules do not apply to emergency service vehicles during an emergency.

A lack of parking next to “Bean in the City” is a recognised category of emergency.

Can’t be bothered finding the reference, but I believe it isn’t nearly as specific as “in an emergency”, but more along the lines of “because they are doing policy type stuff” – which could well be interpreted as “need to be near my vehicle in case of an emergency call, but also need to eat, drink and pee from time to time”.

BelcoMan said :

Fair to say Pitchka ASSUMES the bike got there after the 2 cars.

You raise a very good point.

#9
obediah12:19 pm, 30 Oct 12

Police cost us a fortune in taxes. I don’t want to pay for them to ride around looking for park nearby wherever they need to be. If there isn’t one available let them ‘make’ one!

#10
Here_and_Now12:28 pm, 30 Oct 12

p1 said :

Can’t be bothered finding the reference, but I believe it isn’t nearly as specific as “in an emergency”, but more along the lines of “because they are doing policy type stuff” – which could well be interpreted as “need to be near my vehicle in case of an emergency call, but also need to eat, drink and pee from time to time”.

It all seems reasonable to me. That, and there’s nothing here saying what the officer might have been up to, so there may be an emergency nearby.

Bit of a non-event…’Police officer parks motorcycle, film at eleven.’

#11
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd12:34 pm, 30 Oct 12

p1 said :

Sometimes I get a little irritated at police using their exemptions from certain parking laws for no valid reason – this though doesn’t worry me at all.

Really, this is just efficient use of space. It should be legal for all motorcycles.

Yup

#12
thehutch12:37 pm, 30 Oct 12

Police need to eat / drink. They also need to respond to emergencies. If they have to park further away it will take them longer to respond. Personally, I’d prefer Police to be able to park whereever they see fit in order for them to get to a call-out 30 seconds quicker

#13
KeenGolfer12:40 pm, 30 Oct 12

ARR 307: Stopping and parking exemption for police and emergency vehicles and authorised persons
(1) A provision of Part 12 does not apply to the driver of a police vehicle or emergency vehicle if, in the circumstances:
(a) the driver is taking reasonable care; and
(b) it is reasonable that the provision should not apply.

Parking near to where they need to go, whether it be for food, drink, toilet or for a job is paramount. Do you really expect the police to park 5 or 10 mins walk away, then when they get called to an emergency spend 10 minutes getting back to their vehicle? That could be the difference between life and death for someone that needs their help and you begrudge them for parking nearby?

#14
goody65812:41 pm, 30 Oct 12

I often park my bike like that when I am the first one in the space, allows a car to also share “my” space as well. Sook much

#15
peitab12:56 pm, 30 Oct 12

A possible issue is that parking the motorcycle like that may make it more difficult for the black car to pull away from the curb (assuming the car has no room to reverse first, which admittedly is unlikely in those particular spots).

#16
Pitchka1:14 pm, 30 Oct 12

Just to clarify, i actually stopped when i saw him reversing into this spot, the cars where their first… I then decided to take the pic after he had left, heading in the CBA Banks direction….

Secondly, VW reverses to get out, collects police bike? Then what?

#17
Postalgeek1:28 pm, 30 Oct 12

Are there any rules that restrict the number of vehicles allowed to occupy marked parking bays? Is it illegal for four motorbikes to occupy one bay, or two compacts to occupy a bay?

#18
watto232:17 pm, 30 Oct 12

Pitchka said :

Just to clarify, i actually stopped when i saw him reversing into this spot, the cars where their first… I then decided to take the pic after he had left, heading in the CBA Banks direction….

Secondly, VW reverses to get out, collects police bike? Then what?

If that VW driver can’t get out of the park they don’t deserve a license IMO. Same goes for the other car although I can give it some slack if the car behind it is illegally parked.

As for the cop OP, read the responses. Whether they are getting a coffee or buying a donut, they have to be able to respond ASAP in an emergency. Imagine the outrage if the reason a police officer didn’t get somewhere was because they had to park too far away for any reason.

#19
KeenGolfer2:24 pm, 30 Oct 12

Postalgeek said :

Are there any rules that restrict the number of vehicles allowed to occupy marked parking bays? Is it illegal for four motorbikes to occupy one bay, or two compacts to occupy a bay?

211 Parking in parking bays
(1) This rule applies to a driver who parks on a length of road, or in an area, that has parking bays (whether or not a park in bays only sign applies to the length of road or area).
Note Parking bay is defined in the dictionary.
(2) The driver must position the driver’s vehicle completely within a single parking bay, unless the vehicle is too wide or long to fit completely within the bay.
Offence provision.
Note 1 Driver’s vehicle is defined in the dictionary.
Note 2 Vehicle includes a combination — see rule 15 (d).
(3) If the vehicle is too wide or long to fit completely within a single parking bay, the driver must park the driver’s vehicle within the minimum number of parking bays needed to park the vehicle.
Offence provision.

Not that I can see from a quick look at the Australian Road Rules.

#20
NellyBean2:30 pm, 30 Oct 12

Pitchka said :

Just to clarify, i actually stopped when i saw him reversing into this spot, the cars where their first… I then decided to take the pic after he had left, heading in the CBA Banks direction….

Secondly, VW reverses to get out, collects police bike? Then what?

Then the VW driver pays for repairs to the police bike. Just because someone is parked illegally doesn’t mean you lose liability for driving into their vehicle.

It’s not like it’s a hard bike to see, it’s nearly as big as the Polo.

However I’d be a bit miffed if I had parked that far forward in the bay so I could load something heavy into the back of the car.

#21
EvanJames3:09 pm, 30 Oct 12

SnapperJack said :

the police officer might have seen something or someone that needed attention and had to park the bike as quickly as possible.

I expect it was some enticing-looking doughnuts that needed his immediate attention.

#22
bundah3:43 pm, 30 Oct 12

Pitchka said :

Just to clarify, i actually stopped when i saw him reversing into this spot, the cars where their first… I then decided to take the pic after he had left, heading in the CBA Banks direction….

Secondly, VW reverses to get out, collects police bike? Then what?

We all have a good laugh and congratulate the driver of course :)

#23
inside_info4:54 pm, 30 Oct 12

I don’t have a problem with the parking but what about the pedestrian safety hazard created by those milk crates? Also, those massage shop posters are a little explicit, aren’t they? And what’s up with the black guy just standing there not running from the cops?

#24
Zan5:03 pm, 30 Oct 12

Speaking as a motorcyclist that I am. I would never ever park like that. White care most probably has a driver who hardly looks out the rear window, and most probably wouldn’t see the bike. Blue car could hit the bike trying to get out.

If I was first to park I would use the whole space, but leave room for another bike only.

As we pay rego and other taxes we are entitled to use the whole space.

#25
1337Hax0r5:54 pm, 30 Oct 12

Oh for crying out loud. I suspect some people will also have a go when they call the police in an emergency and they don’t get there fast enough. “Oh sorry,I was driving around the block looking for a parking space.” I suspect some one has other reasons to begrudge the police.

#26
Mr Waffle6:02 pm, 30 Oct 12

I’m just surprised/disappointed no kids have been cheeky enough to try and make off with the helmet. I guess because all the bogans are hanging around outside the Maccas at the interchange these days…

#27
Pork Hunt6:34 pm, 30 Oct 12

inside_info said :

I don’t have a problem with the parking but what about the pedestrian safety hazard created by those milk crates? Also, those massage shop posters are a little explicit, aren’t they? And what’s up with the black guy just standing there not running from the cops?

Perhaps the guy in question is looking for some police action Rodney King style?

#28
G.R.R7:17 pm, 30 Oct 12

More importantly, the VW needs to wash his rear window!

#29
PantsMan7:25 pm, 30 Oct 12

Zan said :

As we pay rego and other taxes we are entitled to use the whole space.

I suspect this tread is going to take a sour turn about now.

#30
Deckard7:29 pm, 30 Oct 12

I think we need a royal commission…

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