Every time there’s a blockbuster on at the NGA, or a major sporting event in Manuka, and visitors can’t get a park, the NCA and ACT Government send in the parking inspectors and wreck the experience for visitors with a massive revenue-raising exercise.
Interestingly, Dawn Service crowds seem to be exempted. Yesterday morning and for much of the day there were dozens, if not 100, cars parked on the median strip on Limestone Avenue a short walk from the War Memorial, with many of the cars still there mid-afternoon opposite the pub.
I’m NOT in favour of booking “event parked” cars, and I wonder why the decision was made on the ACT Government and the NCA’s watch to let this exception happen – given that the reason cited for the bookings re cultural and sporting events is always “it poses a traffic danger”. No less a supposed “traffic danger” yesterday morning … How is it that illegal parking for “sport, culture, entertainment” events poses a risk to citizens, and illegal parking for “commemoration” events is safe?