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Riot over lawn parking continues… [UPDATED]

By Barcham 2 April 2013 67

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This will require a little work for those not keeping up with today’s drama. First go to this thread. It’s Monday’s bad parking photos, pay special attention to this photo:

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Rioter pptvb had this to say in the comments:

Oh, this is GOLD!
@ #11. I have a fair idea who placed the sticker on your car.
It is one of many pissed off neighbours.
Your “lawn” is actually the nature strip between the foot path & the road. You and other residents of your units constantly park there and it is dangerous.
Your vehicles block the view of cars turning out of Castley Cr. as the approaching traffic is coming over a slight rise & around a slight bend.
We have spoken to many residents about their parking, and the dangers, Parking inspectors have issued tickets, Yet laziness prevails over common sense.

Rant Over.

( I will send photos of your “lawn” to JB )

There was more said on the subject, but Pptvb was good to his word and sent us pictures. There’s one up top, and here’s another:
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What’s the verdict Rioters? Is this an ok place to park, and if it’s not is sticking stickers to other people’s cars going too far?

Our original anonymous posted has responded.

For the benefit of Pptvb, the car stickered and posted on the RA was not parked in any locations he (or she) has described and taken photos of. I’m not so sure it was on a “nature strip” either as there is no footpath between the house and kerb where I got stickered and it was not on Castley Cct either. Regardless someone still thought it was parked ‘illegally’ though.

Please Mr angry sticker phantom next time maybe just put a note under the wipers or in the letterbox instead. That was the first I knew of a unoccupied vehicles causing such offense in the area and to me the reaction seemed out-of-line and probably illegal also.

Thanks again RA and apologies for bringing some silly neighbourhood argument to the site.

Never apologise anonymous Rioter, the RiotACT is here to serve… and to argue about parking.

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Solidarity 1:01 pm 04 Apr 13

I don’t think you can tow or boot peoples cars here.

tim_c 12:47 pm 04 Apr 13

A_Cog said :

I’m going to draw a distinction between what is legal and what is safe. Based on the proximity of the white lines, it is not legal to park on the road. So residents park on the naturestrip, but that ain’t legal either. Oh, what to do?

Guess what, just because you live there doesn’t mean you have a right to park as many cars as you want immediately outside the front door. Try living in Sydney where you could well have to walk half the length of the street from the nearest legal car parking space (not that I’m suggesting we should aspire to make Canberra like that!). Just because your property is not adequate for your needs, whether it’s number of bedrooms or number of parking spaces, doesn’t give you the right to break the law and invade space that you have no right to – there are other alternatives!

Madam Cholet said :

I thought the rule as quoted above your post was with regards to a continuous white line…i.e. one that you are not legally allowed to cross. From the picture I can see a broken white line so assume that parking on the road is legal as long as they don’t park too near the corner or on the rise of a hill, (that might be UK road rules as I learnt them so happy to defer on the last two points)

Australian Road Rules prohibit parking within 10m of an intersection. The restriction on parking on a bend or crest only applies outside of built-up areas (eg. rural roads, highways, etc.).

chewy14 11:49 am 04 Apr 13

Madam Cholet said :

A_Cog said :

I’m going to draw a distinction between what is legal and what is safe. Based on the proximity of the white lines, it is not legal to park on the road. So residents park on the naturestrip, but that ain’t legal either. Oh, what to do?

I thought the rule as quoted above your post was with regards to a continuous white line…i.e. one that you are not legally allowed to cross. From the picture I can see a broken white line so assume that parking on the road is legal as long as they don’t park too near the corner or on the rise of a hill, (that might be UK road rules as I learnt them so happy to defer on the last two points)

There is a continuous white line between the two seperate intersections in the area, but they then turn into normal broken lines on the other sides of the intersections .
The area in front of where these cars are parked does have a solid line, so parking on the road would be illegal.

Madam Cholet 11:44 am 04 Apr 13

A_Cog said :

I’m going to draw a distinction between what is legal and what is safe. Based on the proximity of the white lines, it is not legal to park on the road. So residents park on the naturestrip, but that ain’t legal either. Oh, what to do?

I thought the rule as quoted above your post was with regards to a continuous white line…i.e. one that you are not legally allowed to cross. From the picture I can see a broken white line so assume that parking on the road is legal as long as they don’t park too near the corner or on the rise of a hill, (that might be UK road rules as I learnt them so happy to defer on the last two points)

A_Cog 11:05 am 04 Apr 13

I’m going to draw a distinction between what is legal and what is safe. Based on the proximity of the white lines, it is not legal to park on the road. So residents park on the naturestrip, but that ain’t legal either. Oh, what to do?

“Well, I’ll park on the naturestrip anyway, and at least I’m not on the road…”

But this laziness makes it dangerous for people coming out of the side street. So I’m gonna agree with those who think that such laziness and disregard for the safety of other people deserves payback. Go the stickers and vandalism. Pop the tires, jam paddlepops in the keyholes, do whatever. These selfish clowns deserve little sympathy, since they show none. And as for crapping on cars? This sounds like a job for the Ainslie Shitter… is there any possible way he could apply for one of those $10K crime-prevention grants from Simon Corbell? He could be some sort of public-interest vigilante, and drive all over Canberra in his Scat-mobile, crapping on these sorts of vehicles. That would be justice. Nana nana nana nana, nana nana nana nana… SCATMAN!

Madman 9:51 am 04 Apr 13

loosebrown said :

Madman said :

loosebrown said :

It would be perfectly legal for them to park on the side of the road.

Actually, no it wouldn’t be legal. You can see the unbroken white lines either side of the two intersections.

Sir I have examined the Australian Road Rules and cannot find your advice that it is illegal to parallel park on a road with double lines. Happy to be corrected though as this sounds like a sensible rule.

Division 8 – Rule 208 – Subrule 6
“If the road has a continuous dividing line or a dividing strip, the driver must position the vehicle at least 3 metres from the continuous dividing line or dividing strip, unless otherwise indicated by information on or with a parking control sign.”

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