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Parking Inspectors – Canberra Hospital, have no heart!

By bundyjack27 - 1 August 2010 37

I have not been booked, but I had to attend the other day for chemotherapy with my wife only to be told that the inspectors are out in force, forcing my wife, who is heavily pregnant (8 weeks to go) to park a mile away and then walk to hospital so that she can then sit with and help me whilst I have to deal with treating cancer.

Seriously the government needs to stop them from doing this, especially seeing that they have closed the car park to the rear of the multi carpark and they have not supplied enough parking for the public.

It’s not like people go to hospital just to hang out, people are there for a reason (because they are sick, having a baby or visiting someone for the above). It is a joke!

They do not have to do it because as all traffic infringements, it is discretion and obviously they are heartless bastards, to put it politely!

I’d like to see were they are parking, and if they are abiding by the rules as well.

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Parking Inspectors – Canberra Hospital, have no heart!
s-s-a 7:24 pm 01 Aug 10

I thought they were running shuttle buses from the designated carpark area?

Ceej1973 7:18 pm 01 Aug 10

Is your issue, the fact that there were no spots to park close to the ward, or that you had to pay? You have not stated that there was not one single free spot over all 3 possible parking sides of the hospital grounds. Why could you not be dropped off. Can your wife not drive or walk being so heavily pregnant? Can she not pick you up after your treatment as well. Canberra Hospital visitors are lucky (when they try to break the Law by not paying) that it has an honesty pay parking system. Most other hospitals around Australia and the world, have boom gate pay parking. All sympathy goes out to you for your illness, but really, hospital pay parking IS A WORLD WIDE OCCURANCE,get used to it.

buzz819 5:40 pm 01 Aug 10

If in the case of a medical emergency, no other car parks and the bad parking conditions, there should be an address on the back of the ticket that will allow you to write in and dispute the ticket, while the parking inspectors are “heartless” it is there job to enforce parking laws, they don’t know who has a legitimate reason to be parking in areas where you shouldn’t park. Don’t blame the inspectors, blame the people who have given the inspectors reason to have a job, all the no brain half wits that need to park where they are going, they can’t walk the extra 20 meters so will park illegally for the own convenience.

That is why you can dispute the tickets. I will be surprised if they will make you pay the ticket with a reasonable excuse. If they do want to continue with it, go to court, I wouldn’t worry about a lawyer because the magistrates are normally on the peoples side in this type of matter.

saraj 5:24 pm 01 Aug 10

I recently completed some treatment in Hospital in the Home – a section of the hospital. I was able to give my rego number and car description and they provided this to the inspectors who did not book me. I was at the hospital from 8am-6pm. Perhaps this is something you can investigate?

gun street girl 1:55 pm 01 Aug 10

I routinely offer to send patients and family away with a certificate of attendance, just in case they get pinged by the parking inspector while they’re in seeing us. I’m also more than happy to write a letter on their behalf if they choose to fight an infringement notice they receive. I think you’ll find most of us are of the same mind when it comes to sticking it to the morons who made this mess in the first place.

Spectra 1:19 pm 01 Aug 10

Indeed. We copped a ticket the other day when my wife, who is even more pregnant than yours, had to go in for an emergency checkup. After finding absolutely nowhere to park that would be remotely possible for someone in her condition to walk from, she resorted to the bus bay – not obstructing anyone, still plenty of spaces for busses, but of course illegal. I left work as quickly as I could to come and move the car, but alas was not fast enough.

So, basically, fuck you, whoever is responsible for this deplorable state of affairs.

bd84 1:12 pm 01 Aug 10

54-11 said :

The parking inspectors are trying their best to balance out the competing demands. The worst offenders are hospital employees who park all day in restricted parking areas, crowding out visitors who need these parks, as pointed out by Bundy above.

If you’re a TCH employee, stay out of time-restricted areas, and leave these to the patients you are supposed to serve.

Who would be providing the care to patients if none of the medical staff were there because they were still doing laps of the carparks and streets looking for somewhere to park? Self service?

Common sense is not just missing from the government it seems.

gun street girl 12:44 pm 01 Aug 10

54-11, unfortunately it’s not as easy as you would suggest. TCH employees often have to resort to parking in time-restricted areas because the staff car parking is full, period. Given the choice between parking in a visitors spot and parking at the Garran shops and having to hoof it there at midnight, I know what I’d choose. I agree it’s not ideal, but I have to consider my own personal safety as well.

Let’s point the finger at the true offenders: the halfwits who didn’t forward plan around providing enough safe parking for everyone. Another win for ACT Health.

54-11 11:43 am 01 Aug 10

Yes, parking around the Hospital is an absolute disgrace, and it all comes down to a complete intelligence vacuum by those people responsibly for “project planning” the site (there’s an oxymoron when it comes to TCH).

However, also think about the surrounding residents who are having their streets, drives, nature strips etc all parked out.

The parking inspectors are trying their best to balance out the competing demands. The worst offenders are hospital employees who park all day in restricted parking areas, crowding out visitors who need these parks, as pointed out by Bundy above.

If you’re a TCH employee, stay out of time-restricted areas, and leave these to the patients you are supposed to serve.

Fiona 11:37 am 01 Aug 10

nhand42 said :

Pay parking everywhere. Welcome to our “growing” city. This is the price we pay for having a Starbucks.

We have a Starbucks?

gun street girl 11:00 am 01 Aug 10

Please lodge a formal complaint to ACT Health, and make it as public and as embarrassing for the government as possible. The parking situation at TCH is nothing short of a disgrace, for employees and patients alike. ACT Health clearly doesn’t give two hoots about what the former group says, but we’re hoping that an avalanche of bad publicity and incessant complaints from the latter may make a difference.

toriness 10:34 am 01 Aug 10

not to be unsympathetic, your family health situation sounds stressful, but if it wasn’t paid parking at the hospital i suspect you’d unfortunately find that workers at woden would go ‘yippee free parking’ and take up the whole parking lot every day – well monday-friday at least. at least with it paid, it encourages short-term parking therefore providing space for legitimate hospital visitors.

grumpyrhonda 10:15 am 01 Aug 10

NeedHelp said :

Yes, it’s pretty poor at the moment.

Hey, I live less than 5 minutes drive from the hospital, and am willing to drive both you and your wife to the hospital doors when you next have an appointment, and then collect you both when you finished. You can leave your car at my place in the meantime – FREE of charge and no parking inspectors in sight!

I work close by so am very flexible.

This is a serious offer. I know what you are going through and am very sympathetic to your circumstances.

Please indicate here if you are interested, and I can make arrangements to get my contact details to you.

NeedHelp

NeedHelp, you give me a renewed sense of faith in the inherent goodness of people.

NeedHelp 9:57 am 01 Aug 10

Yes, it’s pretty poor at the moment.

Hey, I live less than 5 minutes drive from the hospital, and am willing to drive both you and your wife to the hospital doors when you next have an appointment, and then collect you both when you finished. You can leave your car at my place in the meantime – FREE of charge and no parking inspectors in sight!

I work close by so am very flexible.

This is a serious offer. I know what you are going through and am very sympathetic to your circumstances.

Please indicate here if you are interested, and I can make arrangements to get my contact details to you.

NeedHelp

nhand42 9:56 am 01 Aug 10

Pay parking everywhere. Welcome to our “growing” city. This is the price we pay for having a Starbucks.

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