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Parking – without plates, hypothetically

By 14 February 2014 15

Here’s a purely hypothetical situation:

I drive my nondescript white Commodore to an ACT pre-pay parking lot, remove the ML-585 number plates and park without buying or displaying a ticket. Since I no longer have a registration sticker, in the event of a parking inspector doing the rounds, how will they issue me with a fine?

This is merely a thought exercise and in no way do I encourage anyone to try this. But if you have, what happened?

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15 Responses to Parking – without plates, hypothetically
#1
ausbradr12:08 pm, 14 Feb 14

I believe you might get towed if they cannot identify your car. Unless fines can be applied to VINs (of which your commodore has that panel in the windscreen for that).

#2
Holden Caulfield12:11 pm, 14 Feb 14

Is your VIN viewable through the windscreen (usually low down near passenger side A pillar)?

#3
Rollersk8r12:25 pm, 14 Feb 14

If you disguise your face whilst robbing a bank you’re pretty unlikely to get caught too. Not that I encourage anyone to rob a bank.

#4
Deref12:36 pm, 14 Feb 14

A cunning plan. I’d imagine it’s like most – perfectly fine if you don’t get caught.

#5
mossrocket12:39 pm, 14 Feb 14

Hypothetically, hopefully the parking inspector that sees a white non descript commodore without plate number ML-585 isnt a RiotACT reader…

#6
ML-58512:58 pm, 14 Feb 14

OK. So let’s say it’s not a white Commodore. But it’s a car with no visible VIN or other identification. Besides towing it away (which can’t be done immediately), what would the parking inspectors do?

#7
ThatGuy1:00 pm, 14 Feb 14

Pretty sure not displaying your plates comes with a much heftier fine than not paying for parking. It may even result in towing.

Granted, I think all of that requires a cop. So the parking inspector would need to alert a police officer who actually gives a sheet.

#8
enrique1:40 pm, 14 Feb 14

You’d probably start seeing wheel clamping being introduced.
You’d be breaking a law or two
You’d be pissing off the people that want to use the carpark legitimately
You’d probably have your car marked as abandoned.

It is much more preferable when people ask questions about how they can provide something to their own community rather than hypothesising how they can rip off their community. It’s a simple mindset to switch but it has far reaching implications. Be a giver not a taker.

#9
astrojax1:43 pm, 14 Feb 14

defect sticker?

#10
Persephone2:22 pm, 14 Feb 14

Those defect and tow stickers are really hard to remove. My neighbour parked their car without details and they got a huge sticker on the windshield. Took them about an hour to get the sticker glue off enough to see through the windshield. I think some of the glue is still on the windshield. Shaundenfrude.

#11
NoImRight3:46 pm, 14 Feb 14

ML-585 said :

OK. So let’s say it’s not a white Commodore. But it’s a car with no visible VIN or other identification. Besides towing it away (which can’t be done immediately), what would the parking inspectors do?

Youre going to a lot of trouble just to avoid paying for parking.

#12
Madam Cholet4:03 pm, 14 Feb 14

Just on the subject of cars being towed which a few have mentioned, today I spotted signs that said exactly that in the car park behind the police station in Civic (off London Circuit). Never seen these particular signs before and says something along the lines of ‘you are entering a tow away zone’. Didn’t read if all, but that car park does not belong to the Gov. Has anyone else seen these pop up this week?

#13
Antagonist4:10 pm, 14 Feb 14

Persephone said :

Those defect and tow stickers are really hard to remove. My neighbour parked their car without details and they got a huge sticker on the windshield. Took them about an hour to get the sticker glue off enough to see through the windshield. I think some of the glue is still on the windshield. Shaundenfrude.

Acetone is your friend here.

#14
taninaus8:29 pm, 16 Feb 14

Madam Cholet said :

Just on the subject of cars being towed which a few have mentioned, today I spotted signs that said exactly that in the car park behind the police station in Civic (off London Circuit). Never seen these particular signs before and says something along the lines of ‘you are entering a tow away zone’. Didn’t read if all, but that car park does not belong to the Gov. Has anyone else seen these pop up this week?

if it is the bigger carpark opposite the lakeside this is now a private carpark – land that hasn’t yet been developed. so the owner can do what they like to control the parking in that section. they can also invite the parking inspectors onto the land to fine people I believe – so 2 bites at the cherry

#15
zorro2911:23 am, 17 Feb 14

There are other ways than the plates to identify the car…but, as it’s the law to display front and rear plates on nearly all vehicles in Australia, they’ll just tow your vehicle and you can deal with that.

Good luck with the plan

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