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Inspecting the Inspectors

By RogueAussie 27 October 2010 53

Vehicle safety inspector car

Whilst I do not have a problem with our Transport Authority conducting vehcile inspections to keep our roads safe, I do have a problem when it is done illegally.

I work in the Russell Offices area and today noticed and photographed a transport inspection vehicle parked illegally (in a “No Parking” zone) while two officers wondered the very large car park in an attempt to find vehicles to infringe. Not only did this create a traffic hazard that any motorist would need to carefully negotiate entering or exiting that portion of the car park, it also created a safty hazard for pedestrians (funnily enough, we need to walk from our cars to our office).

So my collegue confronted one of the officers when he returned to his car and the officer was very quick to plead ignorance, a plead I will be sure to remember to use if I am accused of something I am clearly guilty of in the future. My collegue said something along the lines of “better right yourself a ticket, though you’d probably get off it anyway” to which the officer respond “Undoubtedly”.

Since when have Transport Inspection Officers been above the law? Is this a case of “who polices the police?”.

What’s Your opinion?


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p1 10:32 am 05 Nov 10

pjcook said :

Here’s a novel approach, if the legislators forced vehicle owners to have there cars inspected prior to registration each year then the number of unroadworthy cars would be significantly reduced…….

Never catch on though…..

Hmmmm. Interesting concept. I wonder if they have ever thought of trying that somewhere else?

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On the subject of vehicle inspections in car parks. How many things can they check on a not running, locked vehicle? Tyres would be the big one, and obviously smashed lights or windows. It there anything else?

pjcook 9:57 am 05 Nov 10

davecdp said :

If some un-roadworthy cars are fixed up or taken off the road, then i think a brief inconvenience for you to have to walk around the car and other car park users to have to slowly negotiate the entry/exit is quite acceptable.

p1 said :

Punter said :

Whatever the reason, they’re only trying to do their job and I’m sure they don’t need some armchair expert telling them how to do it.

Here’s a novel approach, if the legislators forced vehicle owners to have there cars inspected prior to registration each year then the number of unroadworthy cars would be significantly reduced…….

Never catch on though…..

Punter 5:23 pm 28 Oct 10

p1 said :

Punter said :

Whatever the reason, they’re only trying to do their job and I’m sure they don’t need some armchair expert telling them how to do it.

Actually, I didn’t tell them how to do their job, I questioned their need to park in place deemed in appropriate for anyone else to park, in order to do their job. If they have a valid reason, great, but I couldn’t see it.

My ‘armchair expert’ comment was directed at other posts including the OP, but not yours. The inspecors perform a duty which requires them to position themselves in places where other vehicles would not normally be permitted to. Any suggestion the vehicle inspectors is a department of rouge parking bandits exploiting their power to park where they want, when they want is weak.

Davo111 1:44 pm 28 Oct 10

you could complain to the police? however i dont think they’ll do anything.

Posting on the internet would probably be your best bet… oh wait.

bd84 12:05 am 28 Oct 10

I will add in another point, if that is the inspector sitting beside the vehicle in the picture, the vehicle is not considered to be “parked” as he is in attendance of his vehicle, being within 3 metres of it as per rule 168.

p1 12:03 am 28 Oct 10

Punter said :

Whatever the reason, they’re only trying to do their job and I’m sure they don’t need some armchair expert telling them how to do it.

Actually, I didn’t tell them how to do their job, I questioned their need to park in place deemed in appropriate for anyone else to park, in order to do their job. If they have a valid reason, great, but I couldn’t see it.

Spideydog 11:43 pm 27 Oct 10

captainwhorebags said :

So why is this spot marked as no parking anyway? Clearly being “authorised” makes it safe and ok to park there.

Think about it for a second …….. Think along the lines of ‘if everyone was allowed to park in that area’ and a suitable answer to your question may present itself :p

CraigT 10:21 pm 27 Oct 10

Chrisi, it’s “grammar”, not “grammer” and anyway it was atrocious spelling that was an issue, not grammar.

I’m appalled that in the 21st Century people are completing 12 years of schooling without picking up the most basic literacy skills.

captainwhorebags 10:02 pm 27 Oct 10

So why is this spot marked as no parking anyway? Clearly being “authorised” makes it safe and ok to park there.

vg 9:34 pm 27 Oct 10

“counter arguing a rather mute point. “

Try MOOT point…..far out!!

chrisi 9:24 pm 27 Oct 10

Far out.

I saw the pic posted and thought this was a rather lighthearted go at ‘evil’ vehicle inspectors. But reading through the responses, there are people with their noggins so far up their ‘you know whats’, that this entire thread has turned quite sad! From people policing other internet forum users on correct grammer, to people quoting rules and regulations and deriding the OP for having the audacity to take the time to post the thread and picture.

Everyone needs to take a big breath and relax…. for I fear a stroke is coming! You are busting the chops of the OP for “wasting his time posting”, yet you are all wasting just as much time responding to and counter arguing a rather mute point. Interesting post OP, thanks for the entertainment. To the others… relax folks. For too many keyboard warriors makes a crap website to visit.

el 8:57 pm 27 Oct 10

toriness said :

agreed it’s within the law but it’s not a good look is it? blatant hypocrisy of law-enforcers i mean. this is assuming what the OP says is true and that there were lots of spots available in the said carpark.

Are we reading the same post? Where did it say there were lots of spots available?

The OP clearly has some issues – you could drive a frigging truck through there in spite of the ‘obstruction’.

toriness 8:44 pm 27 Oct 10

agreed it’s within the law but it’s not a good look is it? blatant hypocrisy of law-enforcers i mean. this is assuming what the OP says is true and that there were lots of spots available in the said carpark.

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