On a visit to the cinema at Woden recently, my fellow movie-goer suggested we park in the 15-minute section just outside Hoyts. I argued this would be foolish and asking for trouble. The driver disagreed, noting it was past 5pm and arguing that all the parking inspectors must surely be long gone. Eventually I won, given there were endless free spots in the carpark across the road.
As we exited the cinema a couple of hours later, we discovered that every single car parked along the strip we’d discussed had been issued with a ticket. Eight tickets for eight vehicles.
The moral of the story is that in Canberra in 2017, the parking inspectors have the upper hand.
It pays to pay for your parking.
The inspectors do seem to be EVERYWHERE these days.
There was a time when it was possible to wing it in the knowledge that while you might get the odd fine, this would be balanced out by the money you’d save by not feeding the machines each time you parked.
I know plenty of people who have been caught out more than once when taking such risks. I may even have been guilty of it myself once or twice.
So scared am I of parking fines and of dealing with the Infringement Review Office now that I have become a model citizen on the parking front, a woman who stores the Parkmobile app on the main screen of her phone and ensures there is always enough cash in the attached account to cover the fees.
Scenes like those above are enough to scare us all into submission.
Do you think there are more parking inspectors in the capital than in previous years? Has it made you more cautious about taking a risk when you park?