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Simon cracks down on the parking fraudsters

By johnboy - 29 July 2008 35

Apparently some of you have been very naughty and (perhaps employing your home multi-function printer/scanner and a pair of scissors) have been printing your own parking tickets.

Simon Corbell has taken time out from his hunt for a new Director of Public Prosecutions (no rush) to stamp down on this practice.

As a result from Monday 4 August we’re going to have shiny multi-layered foil strips in our parking tickets.

Purty. But sounds expensive.

UPDATED: Listening to Simon on the ABC radio it appears that the fraudsters caught out have put incorrect times or amounts onto their tickets. So the clever ones could still be getting away with it.

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Simon cracks down on the parking fraudsters
Jonathon Reynolds 2:17 pm 29 Jul 08

The whole pay parking issue for larger car parks is easily solved.

Do exactly what the airport and shopping centres (eg the Canberra Centre) have been doing for ages. Take a ticket as you go in and pay for the time you have actually used before you go out.

If you want to make sure a car park is used for short stay, you set the price as something reasonable for the desired period and if individuals run over time then they pay a premium rate to redeem their exit voucher.

I’ll guarantee you if the first 2 hours of parking was a total of say $2.00, but each hour after (or part thereof) was $10.00, people would soon get the idea and the government would make far more money from this instead of randomly identifying the odd car that had gone over time by issuing a parking infringement.

VicePope 1:13 pm 29 Jul 08

Golly. If you’re going to do forgeries, at least do good ones.

I’ve been wondering why the ACT parking people don’t (a) use different colours for differently priced carparks (to stop the pay $5 and park in a $9 place scam) and (b) sometimes vary the strip that comes out so that non-genuine tickets would be obvious. But that may require precisely the characteristics for which parking people are not famous.

peterh 12:45 pm 29 Jul 08

PM said :

Where does Simon park?

wherever his act govt plated car fits.

Swaggie 12:05 pm 29 Jul 08

“There has been a significant increase in the number of forged paid parking tickets found on vehicles in ACT Government operated car parks.” So….. if they’re finding them why bother introducing new tickets at all?

Thumper 12:00 pm 29 Jul 08

‘It is not my fault’ seems to be becoming a bit of a catch cry for this government.

Simon’s realised that it’s worked for Jon, Katy and John so why not use it.

harley 11:55 am 29 Jul 08

Whilst I’m not anti-stampdown, as I park in one of these carparks legally, it is somewhat amusing…

JB’s reference to the DPP search is amusing, too… Check this one:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/07/28/2317083.htm

Apparently it’s “not my fault”

PM 11:11 am 29 Jul 08

Where does Simon park?

caf 11:10 am 29 Jul 08

This is the real problem:

“The Office of Regulatory Services has recently issued a number of Parking Infringement Notices to motorists for displaying fraudulent parking tickets,” Attorney General Simon Corbell said.

They should be charging them with fraud – make the cost of getting caught sufficiently high. Technological prophylactics are seldom a magic bullet – in this case detection and response would seem to be a more cost-effective solution.

NRD80Y 10:48 am 29 Jul 08

Good on them. I’m enjoying the amount of extra parking spaces in Section63 since they started cracking down on the non-payers

tylersmayhem 10:37 am 29 Jul 08

Excellent! I wish I had thought of this ages ago!

Roadrage77 10:32 am 29 Jul 08

What a joke. Get a life Corbell.

peterh 10:04 am 29 Jul 08

jimbocool said :

I think these parking tickets are already in use in Phillip – they are indeed very pretty but the strip is more a platinum colour (with pretty sparkly bits) than black. Nothing that a good colour photocopier/printer combined with a visit to the Art Shop and tinted windows can’t handle though.

art shop has closed.

but the new store that replaced it in phillip looks interesting….

wonder if quickcopy will print me a batch?

Thumper 10:01 am 29 Jul 08

My first thoughtis, how widespread is this practice and how much will the technology cost?

Put simply, is this going to cost a lot for very little gain?

jimbocool 10:00 am 29 Jul 08

I think these parking tickets are already in use in Phillip – they are indeed very pretty but the strip is more a platinum colour (with pretty sparkly bits) than black. Nothing that a good colour photocopier/printer combined with a visit to the Art Shop and tinted windows can’t handle though.

DJ 9:52 am 29 Jul 08

My first thought was – how much will that cause the tickets to increase by… second thought was how long will it take an 10yr old with said computer and aluminum foil to reproduce one!

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