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Windscreen cleaning at traffic lights

By tobefair - 30 May 2014 22

I have never been a big fan of windscreen washing at traffic lights.

I was surprised to see it used on the corner of Melrose and Hindmarsh as a bit of a fundraiser a few times for a local women’s Aussie Rules competition, but REALLY surprised to see it used by the Fire Brigade (must have been in the last week or so).

It seems so dangerous…  Has the safety and legality of it been opened to discussion before?  (Sorry, I was out of town for a few years so may have missed it)

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Felix the Cat 10:05 am 02 Jun 14

steveu said :

only a matter of time before the first person to get hit by a car, and the liability issues/lawsuits etc, to come forth.

Most of the window washers have been doing it for years and are pretty traffic savvy so unless some out of control car came hurtling through their intersection I doubt there would be any issues. They are more likely to die from drug overdose or carbon monoxide poisioning.

I’m in two minds about the window washers. Part of me gets annoyed by them as they often do a crap job with dirty water and worn out squeegee and as mentioned they don’t always take no for an answer. But then I respect their work ethic of being out there in all weather conditions for 12 or more hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week (Public Holidays inc), something that many of us wouldn’t/couldn’t do.

rosscoact 4:38 am 02 Jun 14

dungfungus said :

rosscoact said :

bigfeet said :

Although I have never utilised the the window washers services I assume that like all businesses they give you a receipt which clearly differentiates between the cost for their service and the GST they are paying and also includes their Australian Business Number.

Otherwise how could the ACT Government give them a tacit endorsement?

Legitimate businesses don’t need an ABN unless they earn over $75k per annum. They still need to provide you with a Tax Invoice if you ask for one. After you pay your $2 why don’t you ask the washer for one?

What is a “legitimate business” as opposed to one that isn’t legitimate?

An illegitimate business is one which isn’t legal, therefore doesn’t need an ABN, although I suspect that many do have them.

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