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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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Inspecting the Inspectors
trickyxr 3:26 pm 27 Oct 10

At least they are actually working. I dont no how mant times i see the cops parked in a no parking zone at kippax when they are buying subway.

Chop71 3:18 pm 27 Oct 10

that must have really got your goat up. How much time did you waste thinking, writing, taking and posting the pic? Sounds like you had a productive day for a pube in Russell offices.

kangas18 3:11 pm 27 Oct 10

“who polices the police?”

Coast Guard?

davecdp 3:02 pm 27 Oct 10

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.

vg 3:00 pm 27 Oct 10

They are not above the law, they are in fact complying with it in order to perform their duties.

Massive, massive ignorant fail for the OP. Thankfully they were only parking inspectors and not people inspecting IQ. That would have resulted in tears all around

Sotko 2:52 pm 27 Oct 10

Inspecting the inspectors all right. Got randomly pulled up once by one of those roadside blitzes. police thought our rear windows were too dark (tint) so got the inspector to come and look. Inspector says windows are too dark, and you will get a defect until they are fixed.
I was a little surprised, and advised him they were factory fitted that way, and he had better call the car manufacturer and advise them that all their cars are not meeting Australian standards. He let me go with a warning after wandering off and talking to someone on the phone.

Cut a long story short, I called Department of Transport and spoke to someone who had a good chuckle. He said the markings on my window show that they had passed Euro compliance which is what Australia goes by and that the windows were perfectly legal.

While I don’t mind getting pulled over for a check, they should know their own regulations.

Hugh Lews 2:49 pm 27 Oct 10

Punter said :

Try looking up rule 307 of the Australian Road Rules champ, you’ll find our friendly and much loved parking inspectors are ‘authorised persons’ as defined within.

Ah rule 307, got em again.

Don’t you mean Section 8, rule 220 “Do as I say, not as I do”

This applies equally to Police as to Vehicle Saftey Inspectors

Hercsie 2:48 pm 27 Oct 10

Good catch rogueaussie – shits me when I see the speed camera vans speeding!

Apart from bald tyres and maybe oil leaks what is the point of these mobile inspectors?

How can they test for faulty brakes, tail lights, brake lights, headlights, exhaust?

astrojax 2:37 pm 27 Oct 10

GBT said :

“right yourself a ticket”? Spelling really has taken a turn for the worse today. Those damn homonyms!

i was digging the idea of these bureaucrats wondering, peripatetic plods eh?

RogueAussie 2:34 pm 27 Oct 10

GBT, that wasn’t the only spelling error in it but I’ll let you have that one as you must be having an uneventful day or feel the need shine.

Erg0 2:27 pm 27 Oct 10

How much was the ticket?

Punter 2:20 pm 27 Oct 10

Try looking up rule 307 of the Australian Road Rules champ, you’ll find our friendly and much loved parking inspectors are ‘authorised persons’ as defined within.

GBT 2:15 pm 27 Oct 10

“right yourself a ticket”? Spelling really has taken a turn for the worse today. Those damn homonyms!

RogueAussie 2:05 pm 27 Oct 10

I certainly will, just need to wait till I can get home to get it off the phone.

colourful sydney rac 1:56 pm 27 Oct 10

post the pic.

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