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Parking Infringement Query

By rosie_bubz - 3 September 2008 57

So i have a dilemma and want to see if anyone can help

i recieved a parking infrigement on Tuesday, not sure if anyone knows the small carpark on Consitution Avenue opposite the CIT in Reid.

Anyway it is all day free parking, and many people drive up the curb to park because all the usual carparks are full. So on Tuesday I was one of these people, and I recieved a ticket.

However the person behind me and next to me were also these people and neither of them received a ticket, (unless they both walked to their car at lunchtime to take the ticket off their car which i highly doubt).

So I am just wondering why I would have recieved a ticket while no one around me did – why was i singled out??

There are also no signs in the carpark anywhere to suggest no parking or no standing etc..

Would anyone know if I can dispute this? I am not too cluey on road rules.

What’s Your opinion?


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Parking Infringement Query
Overheard 12:29 pm 03 Sep 08

Sadly, I think you’re on a hiding to nothing here. I’m pretty sure that there are blanket ‘park in bays only’, ‘don’t park on verges’ type laws in place that negate the need for a ‘No Parking’ sign in every place where parking isn’t allowed.

While copping a fine while those around you didn’t must seem something akin to Kamahl’s left test!cle (i.e. it ain’t right and it ain’t fair), I suspect any argument will be like the todger of a 90 year old judge who’s forgotten to take his viagra: it won’t stand up in court.

Caveat Parker. (Beware of the Anorak.)

rosie_bubz 12:06 pm 03 Sep 08

tylersmayhem said :

Wow, when I used to attend CIT, we had to pay for parking, albeit discounted rates!

You’ll find that you’ll get a ticket anywhere in Canberra if you do not park in designated parking bays. This even goes as far as if you were to park outside a mates place, and your car is obstructing a footpath. Therefore, parking up on a gutter will make you a target, and probably a fair one. Just because other folk decide to do it doesn’t mean it’s allowed.

In saying all of that, I cannot explain why your car was singled out amongst other cars. I’m sure there is an explanation. Are you supposed to have CIT stickers or vouchers displayed. If so, was yours clearly visible?

Yea you have to pay in the actual CIT car park but this car park is across the road and it is free all day parking, you dont need a voucher or cit sticker…
i did call them up an ask but they said i have to write to them,

rosie_bubz 12:01 pm 03 Sep 08

Granny said :

Maybe the other cars arrived after the parking inspector had been past. Or maybe they do it for a bit of a laugh when they’re bored.

Na all the other cars were there before i got there…

Growling Ferret said :

Maybe you should not park illegally and you won’t get a ticket.

as i said before i didint know it was illegal – no signs to say no parking

tylersmayhem 11:34 am 03 Sep 08

Wow, when I used to attend CIT, we had to pay for parking, albeit discounted rates!

You’ll find that you’ll get a ticket anywhere in Canberra if you do not park in designated parking bays. This even goes as far as if you were to park outside a mates place, and your car is obstructing a footpath. Therefore, parking up on a gutter will make you a target, and probably a fair one. Just because other folk decide to do it doesn’t mean it’s allowed.

In saying all of that, I cannot explain why your car was singled out amongst other cars. I’m sure there is an explanation. Are you supposed to have CIT stickers or vouchers displayed. If so, was yours clearly visible?

jakez 11:33 am 03 Sep 08

Worth following up, whether you can get out of it or not is an entirely different matter.

chaton 11:16 am 03 Sep 08

i’m sure they would tell you exactly what it is for if you ask them. don’t they take photos of the car these days?

you would be very very lucky to get out of it anyway.

AG Canberra 11:09 am 03 Sep 08

Many of these carparks have smallish signs at the entry points that say “Park in Bays only”. This means that any car parked out of a designated “bay” can be fined. In many cases it seem open to interpretation and I reckon this would be the case as the whole place opposite CIT is a shambles….

hk0reduck 10:53 am 03 Sep 08

Well that invalidates my whole point then 🙁

Spectra 10:49 am 03 Sep 08

I am not too cluey on road rules.
That’s really not a phrase I want to read coming from a person who is in control of a ton of steel on the same roads as me…
Though experience would suggest that it’s not an uncommon state for drivers to be in…

(Yes, I’m almost certain you only meant it in terms of technicalities surrounding parking etc, yes thereofre I was trying to be kind of funny, no I won’t give up my day job).

blub 10:47 am 03 Sep 08

hk0reduck – the fine’s now $97 not $70.

Growling Ferret 10:46 am 03 Sep 08

Maybe you should not park illegally and you won’t get a ticket.

hk0reduck 10:45 am 03 Sep 08

I’d like to suggest a scenario:

Parking inspectors are normal people just like you (but not like me).
They only give out tickets because it is their job, not because they want to hurt your feelings.
They know that they have to issue tickets because otherwise they will be seen as slacking and potentially lose their job.
They come across 3 cars breaking the law, all they have to do is issue 1 ticket and their supervisor will think they were where they were supposed to be and have done their job.

You can dispute any traffic fine, whether or not you’ll get off is another matter.

And lastly you’ve most likely been receiving free parking for ages and people who study at places like ANU or work in civic pay $5+ per day. You’ve only had to pay the $70.00 over however long you’ve been using the parking so live with it.

Hamilton 10:45 am 03 Sep 08

Maybe they are labour supporters and you are a liberal supporter? Do you have any liberal stickers on your car?

Granny 10:42 am 03 Sep 08

Maybe the other cars arrived after the parking inspector had been past. Or maybe they do it for a bit of a laugh when they’re bored.

blub 10:34 am 03 Sep 08

I also received a ticket on the weekend – on Bunda Street, parking in the loading zone – meanwhile there were a number of other cars also parked there, also illegally, but my car was the only one with a ticket. Was with people from interstate, so thought they must’ve targeted the NSW plates, otherwise I’m at a loss.

I concede that we were parked illegally and don’t have any issues with the fine on that account, but thought it was interesting that it was only our car that received a ticket.

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