Time for a rant about double parking

Adza 23 January 2008 41


What is it with drivers? I guess I see it more in Queanbeyan than anywhere else as there is a proper “main street” unlike most parts of Canberra.

Why do a lot of drivers think it’s perfectly ok to completely stop in the left hand lane, double park and either let someone out, let someone in or sit there and wait for someone to get out, pick up the pizza they’d ordered and hop back in the car? They also seem to think it’s ok to put their hazard lights on to make it better.

It’s not just NSW drivers, it’s ACT drivers doing it too. Everytime I have to change lanes to go around them (sometimes having to wait for traffic) I always beep them to tell them to move on. Most look at me dumbly or nod and smile. Once in particularly heavy traffic I got stuck behind one such driver so continually honked until he moved.

Tonight, a driver of a DC plated vehicle decided to pull into the Woolworths carpark. 10pm at night and hundreds or parks available, but did she pull into one? No, she stopped in the middle of the lane in the carpark to drop someone off, the continued to circle the carpark, going slowly past the door to see if the person was ready to be picked up. All to save about 10 steps.

Does this irritate anyone else or am I just in the minority?


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GuruJ GuruJ 12:57 pm 23 Jan 08

Sorry to pick nits, but there is a significant difference between “no parking” and “no standing”.

“No parking” means that you are allowed to stop. But for no more than 2 minutes in order to pick up and drop off passengers, and the driver can’t leave the vehicle.

“No standing”, on the other hand, means you can’t legally stop there at all.

howdy howdy 11:53 am 23 Jan 08

If you see a cyclist on the road next to a bike path (in better condition than the road I might add) stick your hand out the window and point at the bike path. Drives em nuts : )

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:27 am 23 Jan 08

I had this exact problem at the new buildings on London Circuit during my commute home yesterday afternoon. No hazards, no brake lights, nothing. While the hazard light force field line was a good gag, at least the person is letting the upcoming traffic know they’re being a tool!

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 11:15 am 23 Jan 08

Yeah, but if you’re driving past at the time it can be hall on your paint work! Does anyone know of a good detailer?

Sammy Sammy 11:12 am 23 Jan 08

… kaboom. Problem solved.

Sammy Sammy 11:11 am 23 Jan 08

Most double-parking committed by terrorists tends to resolve itself in about 10 .. 9 .. 8 .. 7 .. 6 .. 5 .. 4 .. 3 .. 2 .. 1 .. seconds.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 10:50 am 23 Jan 08

It’s probably a fair bet to say that when not double parking thease people are riding push bikes on the road when there is a perfectly good bike path right next to them.

… and don’t get me started on people who, for some reason, assume that if there’s a car parked on the side of the road they have some sort of automatic right to cross the centre-line regardless of whether or not there is oncomming traffic.

Mælinar Mælinar 10:46 am 23 Jan 08

Approximately 2% of the worlds double parking, is by terrorist bombers. Of the remainder, nearly 36% are wankers double parking in Canberra carparks.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 10:42 am 23 Jan 08

Most terrorst bombers are also double parkers.

Danman Danman 10:32 am 23 Jan 08

OT At the police gig last night Sting asked to have the house lights turned down and a spot light on him. He then started to clap slowly, clap….clap….clap about once a second. While he was clapping he said “Every time I clap a child in Africa dies” – so I yelled out “Stop clapping then ya sadistic bastard”

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 10:26 am 23 Jan 08

No one in Iraq is innocent.

Thumper Thumper 10:24 am 23 Jan 08

Actually, since Jan 1 2008, approximately 200 people (read innocnet civilians) have been killed by terrorist bombs in Iraq.

Sammy Sammy 9:37 am 23 Jan 08

OT, ten people died in Iraq since Thumper posted about Ledger.

hingo hingo 9:33 am 23 Jan 08

As Adza said, if you drive up behind them and honk the horn, they just stare wide-eyed into their mirrors, almost as if they have no understanding of what is going on.

philbert83au philbert83au 9:27 am 23 Jan 08

It’s not hazard lights, it’s a forcefield. Duh! Speshly if you’re driving a 4WD.

Danman Danman 9:27 am 23 Jan 08

Use your car horn. Don’t be scared

trust me I do – maybe too often 🙂

Thumper Thumper 9:25 am 23 Jan 08

OT, Heath Ledger has died of a drug overdose in NY.

Mælinar Mælinar 9:00 am 23 Jan 08

Use your car horn. Don’t be scared.


c` c` 8:57 am 23 Jan 08

I’m hearing you re the Civic Video Gungahlin Store. Gawd some people are fwits.

hingo hingo 8:40 am 23 Jan 08

Yep its extremely frustrating. There is a no stopping/no parking zone out the front of Civic Video in Gungahlin (Ernest Cavanagh St) where people are always parking. Its a no parking zone for a reason people! Its not wide enough to allow for two way traffic with people parking on both sides of the road. Don’t be a selfish jerk, burn that fat off your arse, find a parking space and walk there. Its rediculous how lazy people have become.

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