The ACT Government has apparently come to some sort of backdown on hospital pay parking after reports of people rushing out to top up the parking meters mid-appointment.
Some kind of new system will be put in by the end of this week which will exempt patients who are genuinely delayed from having to pay fines. That said, I can’t tell from the Canberra Times’ article what this new system might entail. It seems there will be some kind of excess fee.
Opposition spokesman for people in uniform Steve Pratt said the Government had been warned about people being forced into topping up meters before the system was put in place. He wants them to go further than the current measure and “tidy up the dog’s breakfast that is the Government’s current parking policy”.
I think meter maids in saucy nurse uniforms is the obvious solution.
In related news, half a dozen parking inspectors have been working on weekends for three years, and last Sunday they got Simon Corbell. He has been gracious about it, telling The Canberra Times. “At the end of the day you just have to make sure you are parked legally and pay for the amount of time you are going to need.”
The six weekend inspectors work in pairs around Jamison, Kingston, Woden markets and sporting events as well as looking for heavy vehicles parked in residential areas and cars for sale on roundabouts.