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Enforcing no parking zones

By mtastic - 18 June 2012 22

On Friday night I went to the National Museum’s excellent Silk Road Night Markets. This person has blocked about 30 cars in, including mine, by parking in an entry way labelled “no parking”. I spoke to museum security – who didnt have access to a pager along to make an announcement.

I also spoke to ACT Police who couldn;t book him (presumably under the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Regulation 2000, which enables the Australian Road Rules in the ACT. This makes parking in a “no parking” zone an offence.

I called Canberra Connect who can only lodge an incident report actionable the next working day. They couldnt advise whether this issue could be resolved through TAMS enforcement processes.

Out of curiosity, i called a towing company who were powerless without a police declaration of the vehicle being abandoned.

Finally, after tweeting my frustration at the NMA, their media manager got onto someone at the event to help!

Thoughts as to why nothing could be done?

What’s Your opinion?


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22 Responses to
Enforcing no parking zones
Felix the Cat 4:13 pm 18 Jun 12

Maybe it was private property – I think the police need to be “invited” there before they can book cars.

zorro29 2:43 pm 18 Jun 12

more important things to do??? blocking about 30 cars in a car park is inexcusable…i would be completely perplexed if nothing was done as well. they seem to tow cars from no parking zones all the time…pretty poor form i think

KeenGolfer 2:33 pm 18 Jun 12

c_c said :

Seriously though, did the Police explain why they couldn’t book them. It’s a strict liability offence I thought.

Maybe they’ve got slightly more important things to do?

c_c 1:17 pm 18 Jun 12

Ring the Police back and say you have a car you don’t need anymore and would like them to demo the ramming capability of their new Bearcat. Once they’ve done so and ask why you didn’t want your car anymore, just act confused and say “That wasn’t my car.” They can handle the paper work.

Seriously though, did the Police explain why they couldn’t book them. It’s a strict liability offence I thought.

tommo 1:03 pm 18 Jun 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Well?

I have no conclusions to share, it was merely to satify my own curiosity. I do not intend to judge anyone else who drives this vehicle, I’m sure most are very good drivers.

Holden Caulfield 11:50 am 18 Jun 12

tommo said :

mtastic said :

Red Ford Territory. Why’s that?

I find that some car makes/models have a greater tendency to attract people that believe the road rules do not apply to them (I’m sure I’m not the only one to notice this). I was just curious if this situation would fit to this correlation.

Well?

tommo 11:45 am 18 Jun 12

mtastic said :

Red Ford Territory. Why’s that?

I find that some car makes/models have a greater tendency to attract people that believe the road rules do not apply to them (I’m sure I’m not the only one to notice this). I was just curious if this situation would fit to this correlation.

G-Fresh 11:14 am 18 Jun 12

jsm2090 said :

Postalgeek said :

Best not to rely on others to solve problems.

Smash small rear window, open door, slip into neutral, let off handbrake, push out of the way.

Great idea if the car was a manual and built pre-1985.

yeah cos you totally can’t put any automatics into neutral without a key…

Holden Caulfield 11:06 am 18 Jun 12

Where’s the Narrabundah tyre slasher when you need them!

jsm2090 11:05 am 18 Jun 12

Postalgeek said :

Best not to rely on others to solve problems.

Smash small rear window, open door, slip into neutral, let off handbrake, push out of the way.

Great idea if the car was a manual and built pre-1985.

mtastic 11:01 am 18 Jun 12

Red Ford Territory. Why’s that?

Postalgeek 10:43 am 18 Jun 12

Best not to rely on others to solve problems.

Smash small rear window, open door, slip into neutral, let off handbrake, push out of the way.

tommo 10:22 am 18 Jun 12

Just out of curiosity, what was the make and model of the car blocking the way?

Felix the Cat 10:12 am 18 Jun 12

Good reason to justify owning a large bullbar-equipped 4WD for pushing cars out of the way that are parked like this.

p1 9:48 am 18 Jun 12

Call in and report a bomb in a car with that Rego. It won’t get you out any quicker, but a robot might come and blow up the offending car…

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