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Parking in ACT without consequence.

By Ceej1973 - 21 November 2011 35

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We all know how parking at the Canberra Hospital Environ has been a challenge of late, in particular around the Pathology and Maternity end of the precinct, and with the added pressures from construction worker vehicles taking up valuable short term car parks, the last patients need are selfish people taking up spaces as pictured.

This photo was taken outside of Maternity, and, as you can see, the owner of the vehicle has taken it upon themselves to park in a restricted parking spot for 2 weeks now, without moving it once. Heres how the story goes.

Concerned staff of Maternity and Pathology have contacted Canberra Hospital Parking Operations Managment in an attempt to have either the owner move the vehicle or have the vehicle forcibly removed. Parking Operations have tried both these measures, including approaching the owner, but in vain.

According to Parking Operations, the owner is a patient at the Hospital. The owner when approached, has refused to either move the vehicle to long term parking space, or have a relative/friend move it for them. According to the owner, they have no-one who can move the vehicle, however, staff have witnessed on 2 occasions this week, relatives access the vehicle to a. remove a baby seat and b. place an explanation note on the dash board. The explanation note, states that the owner will move the car today (3 days ago of the 2nd week) and appologises for any inconvinience caused.

Parking Operations say that as the vehicle already has an infringment noticed issued, another one cannot be issued. How I wish a gust of wind would blow away the one already on the windscreen. Parking Operations had already contacted ACT Police, and as the vehicle is on Government land, the car cannot be removed, even if it was deemed to be abandoned. Further, when the owner was approached they said they needed the vehicle to get home after having an operation. I always thought it is very dangerous to drive after an operation, especially one that keeps one in Hospital for 2 weeks.

Unfortunately, attitudes such as those shown by the owner of this vehicle, place more pressure on the little spaces available to staff, courier, visitors and patients alike, and due to weak parking regulations, vehicles such as these can park as long as they like without any consequence.  Personally, I would love to remove every infringement each day, so that a new one can be issued the next, however I would be implicated. Practically, I would rather see the Regulation changed, so that such menaces can be booked more than once or towed.

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Parking in ACT without consequence.
qbngeek 12:12 pm 21 Nov 11

schmeah said :

mmm, this seems pretty outrageous.

But given the ‘baby on board’ sticker and the comments about removing a baby seat, it just points to what I’ve always believed; people with babies think they own the freaking world. Forever, pushing their prams into the path of others, taking their babies to cafes without any consideration to the noise they make and usually making little effort to quieten their sack of joy, parking in disabled spots because they need to access a larger berth to get their pram out .. etc etc. Given the ubiquity of these actions, I’ve come to believe the majority of parents need a labotomy ..

I have never seen a parent in a disbled spot, but why does there need to be parents with prams spots? I have 2 kids and I can manage to park in the middle of a standard spot and open both doors with ease and get the kids out. I can’t understand why you need the room to get the pram out, unless you park sideways, as the boot is at the back (or sometimes the front) and the back is not impeded by other vehicles.

Felix the Cat 12:08 pm 21 Nov 11

schmeah said :

mmm, this seems pretty outrageous.

But given the ‘baby on board’ sticker and the comments about removing a baby seat, it just points to what I’ve always believed; people with babies think they own the freaking world. Forever, pushing their prams into the path of others, taking their babies to cafes without any consideration to the noise they make and usually making little effort to quieten their sack of joy, parking in disabled spots because they need to access a larger berth to get their pram out .. etc etc. Given the ubiquity of these actions, I’ve come to believe the majority of parents need a labotomy ..

When are these people going to start paying rego on their prams….bloody freeloaders

matt31221 11:53 am 21 Nov 11

ThatUniStudent said :

Excuse me? Let me get this right, you’re pissed off because a patient in hospital who clearly does have a baby and is undergoing an operation is parked in a restricted parking spot? And you’re advocating hassling of said persion to move their car? I’m sorry, my sympathy for you is zero.
Move along folks, nothing to see here.

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The patient could be an a serious situation and moving the car may be the last of her worries if she is fighting for her or her babies life.

It’s a little bit insensitive don’t you think – it is only one car space just let it be. Perhaps you would like to be in intensive care worrying that you might end up in the morgue in the basement. Nasty.

schmeah 11:53 am 21 Nov 11

mmm, this seems pretty outrageous.

But given the ‘baby on board’ sticker and the comments about removing a baby seat, it just points to what I’ve always believed; people with babies think they own the freaking world. Forever, pushing their prams into the path of others, taking their babies to cafes without any consideration to the noise they make and usually making little effort to quieten their sack of joy, parking in disabled spots because they need to access a larger berth to get their pram out .. etc etc. Given the ubiquity of these actions, I’ve come to believe the majority of parents need a labotomy ..

qbngeek 11:42 am 21 Nov 11

Genie said :

Why CAN’T they be booked more than once ?? I’ve seen cars with dozens of fines on their windshield.

Sorry but correct me if I’m wrong, but it looks like they are parked in a ‘medical practitioners’ spot. Sooo tow the car away. If relo’s have come and collected a baby seat then clearly someone can come pick her up after an operation. Don’t you need to be released into someone’s care anyway? Eg, someone driving you home.

Heh Heh Heh
You think that TCH actually gives a rats if you are released into someones care? When they discharged me, they decided to do it earlier than we were previously told and my wife was unable to get there to collect me in time. I asked if I could stay until she arrived as I was not able to carry my bag. They took my bag to the main entry adn told me I could sit there and wait.

It is also the only time I have used TCH as I was taken there after an accident and I was unable to be transferred to Queanbeyan hospital as I requested.

Genie 11:24 am 21 Nov 11

Why CAN’T they be booked more than once ?? I’ve seen cars with dozens of fines on their windshield.

Sorry but correct me if I’m wrong, but it looks like they are parked in a ‘medical practitioners’ spot. Sooo tow the car away. If relo’s have come and collected a baby seat then clearly someone can come pick her up after an operation. Don’t you need to be released into someone’s care anyway? Eg, someone driving you home.

Jurls 11:02 am 21 Nov 11

Is it restricted and a drop off point for those in labour?

katkat said :

ThatUniStudent said :

Excuse me? Let me get this right, you’re pissed off because a patient in hospital who clearly does have a baby and is undergoing an operation is parked in a restricted parking spot? And you’re advocating hassling of said persion to move their car? I’m sorry, my sympathy for you is zero.
Move along folks, nothing to see here.

I think most mothers will agree that there’s a huge difference between having a baby and having one ~coming out of you~.
There are only 3-4 car spaces in that area that aren’t restricted, the others are staff/disabled parks.
It’s the closest parking area for both the labour ward and the birth centre so there are many people who do need to be able to park there (rather than the other parking areas further away) when they arrive at the hospital.

Even if the patient does not have anyone who can move the car for them it sounds like there would be a number of volunteers from the staff working in that area!

+1

They should get it towed if the owner won’t let staff move it!!

Captain RAAF 10:18 am 21 Nov 11

Having a sign up on a wall stating “No Parking!” does not necessarily make that sign enforceable!

There are literally thousands of “No Parking” signs in this city and others that are incorrectly placed and the no parking restriction is unenforceable. I thumb my nose at them and park there anyway.

PS: I’ll move the car once I’ve had this boil removed!

Disinformation 10:10 am 21 Nov 11

ThatUniStudent said :

Excuse me? Let me get this right, you’re pissed off because a patient in hospital who clearly does have a baby and is undergoing an operation is parked in a restricted parking spot? And you’re advocating hassling of said persion to move their car? I’m sorry, my sympathy for you is zero.
Move along folks, nothing to see here.

Oh, so that huge parking building that was finished and operational BEFORE this started is merely for the convenience of the people who aren’t stupid or arrogant?

I’d suggest that if the relatives have removed a baby seat, then THEY have the baby, so there’s no reason to bring that into the sympathy vote. And someone can look after a baby, but can’t move the car to the long term car park?

I managed to park in the carpark at the start of a kidney stone episode. She has absolutely no sympathy from me at all. Maybe the surgery was a consideration transplant? It obviously wasn’t an emergency.

Thumper 10:10 am 21 Nov 11

FioBla said :

ThatUniStudent said :

Move along folks, nothing to see here.

The cloth computer bag could be inside.

Touche!

PBO 10:07 am 21 Nov 11

ThatUniStudent said :

Move along folks, nothing to see here.

I think that it is those scheming ADFDA folk doing another covert anti gay prank.

katkat 10:00 am 21 Nov 11

ThatUniStudent said :

Excuse me? Let me get this right, you’re pissed off because a patient in hospital who clearly does have a baby and is undergoing an operation is parked in a restricted parking spot? And you’re advocating hassling of said persion to move their car? I’m sorry, my sympathy for you is zero.
Move along folks, nothing to see here.

I think most mothers will agree that there’s a huge difference between having a baby and having one ~coming out of you~.
There are only 3-4 car spaces in that area that aren’t restricted, the others are staff/disabled parks.
It’s the closest parking area for both the labour ward and the birth centre so there are many people who do need to be able to park there (rather than the other parking areas further away) when they arrive at the hospital.

Even if the patient does not have anyone who can move the car for them it sounds like there would be a number of volunteers from the staff working in that area!

FioBla 9:46 am 21 Nov 11

ThatUniStudent said :

Move along folks, nothing to see here.

The cloth computer bag could be inside.

ThatUniStudent 9:24 am 21 Nov 11

Excuse me? Let me get this right, you’re pissed off because a patient in hospital who clearly does have a baby and is undergoing an operation is parked in a restricted parking spot? And you’re advocating hassling of said persion to move their car? I’m sorry, my sympathy for you is zero.
Move along folks, nothing to see here.

BethiePrice 9:24 am 21 Nov 11

Take of his number plates and repot the car to the police as being dumped…

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