public servant cheapies … ?

no.6 25 September 2010 41

ha ….

before pay parking ……….the car park in blackall st, barton was crammed full of chaotic parking – now …as its

$8 all day

parking is empty … you cheap b******s – its $15 in Civic – so where have you all gone – surely your not actually using your own energy to get to work ????


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Erg0 Erg0 1:21 pm 08 Oct 10

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the parking inspectors were able to park without paying while going about their official business. It’d ultimately be the taxpayers funding it if they did have to pay for parking, so I have no problem with that.

KB1971 KB1971 1:00 pm 08 Oct 10

Pitchka said :

However, surely the officer in question, whilst parked in said car park himself, is required to purchase a ticket, whilst issuing these infringements? Or is the very person sent there to enforce the rules, allowed to himself, break them? Perhaps i should ask to borrow his ticket issuing device, and issue one to him?

So Ive decided that from now on, i will walk out and take a photo of the illegally parked vehicle, as well as the officer issuing the tickets, and send it to ACT Parking Operations as required..

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No, its an “authorised vehicle” & as such is not bound by the regulations an “unauthorised vehicle” is.

I do not have a link to the rule but when I work at RUS as an on road inspector we were allowed to park illegally. Having said that we were encouraged not to do so because of public perception, be it right or wrong.

Pitchka Pitchka 12:18 pm 08 Oct 10

Further to this thread, and more so directly related to the car-park in question, it seems as thoe the local parking Nazi’s have been at it, with no less than 15 cars (out of the 40 or so using it) receiving parking tickets…

The view from my window was lovely, and he leisurely walked around issuing the lovely tickets in their protective yellow envelopes…

I’m all for fines for those who don’t pay….

However, surely the officer in question, whilst parked in said car park himself, is required to purchase a ticket, whilst issuing these infringements? Or is the very person sent there to enforce the rules, allowed to himself, break them? Perhaps i should ask to borrow his ticket issuing device, and issue one to him?

So Ive decided that from now on, i will walk out and take a photo of the illegally parked vehicle, as well as the officer issuing the tickets, and send it to ACT Parking Operations as required..

Yes, its a very slow week at work….

My point, even those employed to enforce the rules, should not be allowed to break them…

Rant over, bring on the weekend..

AngryHenry AngryHenry 3:26 pm 06 Oct 10

Pitchka.

Now everyone knows your secret…

Pitchka Pitchka 3:20 pm 06 Oct 10

AngryHenry said :

When I worked in Barton I just parked in a two hour spot right in front of my building all day. The parkies only ever came once every month or so and the fine was worth it. I had the equivalent of an executive spot and was way ahead of anyone who had to pay for parking in other areas of Canberra….

Mwahahahahahahaha!

Well that is still the case for me, only the inspectors only pin those parked in the 30 minutes zones, so i have the equivalent of an executive spot and was way ahead of anyone who had to pay for parking in other areas of Canberra….

Mwahahahahahahaha + mwahahahahahahahahahahahah more than you!!

p1 p1 3:14 pm 06 Oct 10

Pitchka said :

p1 said :

My motorbike wouldn’t start this morning. I had to drive the car to work. Fortunately, it is a Sunday so parking is free. Unfortunately, I am at work on a Sunday.

Not working hard by the looks of it.. :0)

I said “at work”, not working 🙂

Although sadly, I was mostly working 🙁

AngryHenry AngryHenry 2:57 pm 06 Oct 10

When I worked in Barton I just parked in a two hour spot right in front of my building all day. The parkies only ever came once every month or so and the fine was worth it. I had the equivalent of an executive spot and was way ahead of anyone who had to pay for parking in other areas of Canberra….

Mwahahahahahahaha!

Pitchka Pitchka 2:36 pm 06 Oct 10

p1 said :

My motorbike wouldn’t start this morning. I had to drive the car to work. Fortunately, it is a Sunday so parking is free. Unfortunately, I am at work on a Sunday.

Not working hard by the looks of it.. :0)

Pitchka Pitchka 2:18 pm 06 Oct 10

I bet the OP is the new owner of the carpark…. Nice one…

WonderfulWorld WonderfulWorld 10:01 pm 29 Sep 10

Park where you want to – bear the cost or not, drive or ride what you like – its a choice so I don’t know why everybody always complains about parking, petrol, riding bikes and being driven off the road. Choices people.

joy18 joy18 7:25 pm 28 Sep 10

mr_wowtrousers said :

Obviously in the ACT it is to make the numbers when the inspectors are on the clock as the place behind Rydges in New Acton (where I was fined) turns into a literal car park at night from wed-thurs. Cars parked 3-4 deep there and not a ticket to be seen. After 4:51 I guess it’s not illegal . . .

I wouldn’t park there at anytime. My friends got tickets for parking there at 8.30 on a Friday night, and there were cars with tickets on a Sunday a few weeks ago.

Quince Quince 11:52 am 28 Sep 10

As a previous user of the Blackall St carpark I can give a greater insight into what’s happened here.

-The carpark was closed on Monday 2nd August for a proposed 2 week period for some maintenance/new line markings etc.
-The carpark was actually closed for 7 weeks before re-opening!!

This was easily enough time for all of us to find alternatives and develop new parking habits. After 7 weeks an extra 5-10 minute walk from alternative car parks is just normal.

Now it will be interesting to see what happens next time it’s raining in the morning, I think the blackall car park will be a little fuller!

mr_wowtrousers mr_wowtrousers 9:43 pm 27 Sep 10

@ vg

Perhaps you could read the rest of my post? The bit where I asked how bikes were meant to display tickets (the person in the infringement section didn’t know, had to go ask a supervisor, who didn’t know). Maybe the bit where I asked why I shouldn’t drive my car when I have to park in the same space as a car.

Bikes are smaller. Bikes use less fuel. Bikes put less wear on the road. Bikes have less emissions. The message being sent when you are ticketed for discretionary fines like this is “Drive a car”. It didn’t really worry me, I just started driving my 6 cyclinder sedan in again, single person.

As for parking chaos caused by motorbikes parking in places cars can’t get to, and where people don’t walk, please explain. I am all ears. Look, it’s obvious that you are trolling (badly), but at least *try* and raise the bar, for your own sake.

Any suggestions to use Action buses will be treated with the scorn they deserve.

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“Perhaps you could do what drivers do when there’s no car spots. Find somewhere else. You don’t need a PhD for that one.”

Grail Grail 4:59 pm 27 Sep 10

indigoid said :

Cycling certainly does have a cost, and not just the cycle maintenance. Your body needs more energy, so you will find yourself eating more. Substantially more, if you have a long commute, like my (ridiculously fit) colleague who cycles a 120km round trip, three days a week.

When I ride the 60km round trip to work, I’ll get hungry for different stuff. You’ll be surprised just how little extra you need when you’re cycling for commuting as opposed to, for example, driving a car. Your body starts off simply using what food you do get more efficiently, and then you start finding that you’re hungrier for certain things.

Mmm… lasagne…

vg vg 7:52 am 27 Sep 10

“Maybe you could talk to the powers that be on my behalf when I was ticketed on my motorcycle in New Acton for parking on the grass (not near the path, not dangerous, not obstructing traffic) because there wasn’t enough bike spaces”

Perhaps you could do what drivers do when there’s no car spots. Find somewhere else. You don’t need a PhD for that one.

vg vg 7:51 am 27 Sep 10

sepi said :

At Russell they also give tickets to motorbikes and scooters parked on asphalt, on the edge of the carpark, separated from cars by coppers logs, and not blocking line of sight. It isn’t a path, it isn’t a car spot, it isn’t anyone’s view, it isn’t killing the grass – what possible reason could there be for issuing a ticket?

Ummmmmmm………………cos its illegal?

No order = parking chaos

Tightspot Tightspot 11:21 pm 26 Sep 10

Why would anyone pay for parking if they can get it for free??? Be Public Servant or not. Come on now!!!1 Everyone is looking to save were they can, no matter what age they are on. Life is hard. Get over it

mr_wowtrousers mr_wowtrousers 9:49 pm 26 Sep 10

Good question sepi. Again, what is the incentive to ride a motorcycle if you are treated/fined/taxed as a car? You may as well drive a car and be more comfortable and safer.

I actually did a lot of research into this particular fine (parking on a “nature strip” in a built up area, even if there is no grass, essentially anywhere that’s not a car space) and in a significant portion of council municipalities it is a discretionary fine based on obstruction and danger to pedestrians. Obviously in the ACT it is to make the numbers when the inspectors are on the clock as the place behind Rydges in New Acton (where I was fined) turns into a literal car park at night from wed-thurs. Cars parked 3-4 deep there and not a ticket to be seen. After 4:51 I guess it’s not illegal . . .

screaming banshee screaming banshee 5:37 pm 26 Sep 10

sepi said :

what possible reason could there be for issuing a ticket?

Disobey “Park in bays only” sign.

You dont think the govco went to the expense of putting up those signs for no reason do you?

sepi sepi 3:26 pm 26 Sep 10

At Russell they also give tickets to motorbikes and scooters parked on asphalt, on the edge of the carpark, separated from cars by coppers logs, and not blocking line of sight. It isn’t a path, it isn’t a car spot, it isn’t anyone’s view, it isn’t killing the grass – what possible reason could there be for issuing a ticket?

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