Municipal services minister John Hargreaves is preparing a cabinet submission banning roadside window washers, NowUC reports.
He said that although the ACT Government is tolerant of these window washers, he personally does not hold the same view. â€œThe language that I portray to them leaves them in no doubt about whether I want my windscreen washed, but does often cast doubts on the marital status of their parents,â€ he said.
Canberra is one of the few places in the country where it isn’t illegal to seek money for washing windows on the side of the road.
Ian, who works at the Dickson intersection, told NowUC that they often get approached by police for help looking out for stolen cars and missing children and animals. Mr Hargreaves agreed that the window washing jobs are useful for keeping people out of trouble, apparently arguing against his want to ban them. â€œWhat would you prefer: to put up with somebody slopping dirty water on your windscreen or robbing your house so they can pinch your DVD?â€ he said.