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And they just think they can park anywhere! Images of Canberra

By mp2615 - 13 March 2012 27

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An image I took last week of some scofflaw tradesman in Civic, flagrantly parking illegally.

What’s really maddening is the motorcycle which was booked this morning, parked on the paving in the background of this image.

They would have been OK on the grass I presume.

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And they just think they can park anywhere! Images of Canberra
PrinceOfAles 6:02 pm 13 Mar 12

aidan said :

EvanJames said :

I’m always puzzled by the claim that builders and tradesmen “need” to be able to park where they like, unlike the other workers around them who have to find a legal carpark every day. They’re all at work, why a different rule for builders/tradesmen?

Puzzled?

They obviously can’t take their tools on the bus.

Episodic nature of their work means dedicated parking spots would be a waste.

Sometimes they are at multiple sites in a day. They can’t arrive at 8.00am to nab a parking spot.

Not that hard to realise they have different requirements to the poor put-upon 9-5ers?

I imagine the heaviest thing EvanJames has ever carried to work is a few pens or perhaps a coffee mug.

Panhead 4:29 pm 13 Mar 12

ACT government gives exemptions sometimes, I know for sure there is a fit out around that side of civic. Otherwise when parking in the city I always use the loading bay. Its hard enough having to carry my tools around from van to site when its parked in the loading zone, I’d hate to think how annoying it would be if I had to park in a normal spot.

aidan 3:28 pm 13 Mar 12

EvanJames said :

I’m always puzzled by the claim that builders and tradesmen “need” to be able to park where they like, unlike the other workers around them who have to find a legal carpark every day. They’re all at work, why a different rule for builders/tradesmen?

Puzzled?

They obviously can’t take their tools on the bus.

Episodic nature of their work means dedicated parking spots would be a waste.

Sometimes they are at multiple sites in a day. They can’t arrive at 8.00am to nab a parking spot.

Not that hard to realise they have different requirements to the poor put-upon 9-5ers?

astrojax 3:12 pm 13 Mar 12

i always understood one should ‘stand close and parallel’, ie, the passenger side should be close and parallel to the kerb or the edge of the roadway (not on the footpath/verge/etc) and so only permitting the driver’s side to be close to its kerb in a one-way street. anything else, parking half on / half off a road, or up on the grass and not inside private property, should attract the ire of parking inspectors. and rightly so!

but perhaps i’ve grown old and the rules have changed?

Deref 3:00 pm 13 Mar 12

“And they just know they can park anywhere!”

I fixed that for you.

devils_advocate 2:51 pm 13 Mar 12

p1 said :

… unless we expect a sign to be placed next to every single place in the city with a specific list of what you can and can’t do. Sadly though, that is the way things are heading.

I support this purely for comedy value. Also it wouldn’t be the worst use of my “taxpayer dollars” that I’ve heard of.

EvanJames 2:16 pm 13 Mar 12

I’m always puzzled by the claim that builders and tradesmen “need” to be able to park where they like, unlike the other workers around them who have to find a legal carpark every day. They’re all at work, why a different rule for builders/tradesmen?

It reminds me of the stink about truckies parking their trucks at their homes in the suburbs, and neighbours getting upset about them starting their trucks before dawn and waking everyone. When it was proposed that the government open some truck parking yards, the truckies were horrified, saying they’d have to drive their cars to their trucks and home every night.
Um, just like every other worker?

Sandman 1:59 pm 13 Mar 12

You don’t need to actually BE a tradie to get away with it. you just have to look like one.

I love it when I turn up at the “Loading “Zone at Dickson Woolies with a 7m truck to find the 3 available parking spaces taken up by a Commodore Wagon, an Electrician eating a pie in his van and the ACT government minibus that’s used to shuttle parking inspectors around. No-one there is loading or unloading anything and apparently they couldn’t do whatever it is they are doing in the standard parking spots 10 metres away.

p1 1:46 pm 13 Mar 12

ML-585 said :

Henry82 said :

is that grass on private or public land? for all we know they might have “rented” it for construction of the building.

There is no building under construction in this area (fit out, maybe, but not constuction). The cars parked on the asphalt will have travelled past a “No Entry, Buses Excepted” sign, but there are no signs restricting parking once inside the bus layover area (there used to be – and there should be since all other parking in the region is pay parking). As for the grassed area, there is no sign restricting parking, so unsure whether it is actually illegal.

I’ve seen people parking on a grass area beside a road be booked for parking in a road related area, where there were no signs indicating that it was either legal or not. Which is fair enough in cases like this, unless we expect a sign to be placed next to every single place in the city with a specific list of what you can and can’t do. Sadly though, that is the way things are heading.

ML-585 1:26 pm 13 Mar 12

Henry82 said :

is that grass on private or public land? for all we know they might have “rented” it for construction of the building.

There is no building under construction in this area (fit out, maybe, but not constuction). The cars parked on the asphalt will have travelled past a “No Entry, Buses Excepted” sign, but there are no signs restricting parking once inside the bus layover area (there used to be – and there should be since all other parking in the region is pay parking). As for the grassed area, there is no sign restricting parking, so unsure whether it is actually illegal.

dph 1:14 pm 13 Mar 12

It’s ok, they’re tradies, they can do what they want. If you’re a tradie, you don’t have to abide by road rules, common courtesy or turning up on time. It’s a law.

steveu 1:11 pm 13 Mar 12

I have a feeling there is an exemption in the parking legislation that allows trades people working on construction sites to park on median strip etc. Doesnt look like a construction site from the picture though.

Henry82 1:11 pm 13 Mar 12

is that grass on private or public land? for all we know they might have “rented” it for construction of the building.

aidan 1:08 pm 13 Mar 12

Imagine the bleating if you couldn’t get a tradesman to fix something because they couldn’t get a park.

Worse, imagine the screaming outrage if parking was taken away from ordinary citizens and dedicated to be “tradesmen only” and then hardly used as their parking requirements are short term and unpredictable?

A bit of elasticity around the margins keeps everything ticking along I reckon.

p1 12:49 pm 13 Mar 12

I am yet to understand the way the Parking-ticket-handing-out-dudes decide who to book and who not to book. I am certain if I did this on the grass outside my work I would have a ticket by the end of the day (assuming my car was still there). I could almost understand it if they were actively loading or unload, but this?

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