Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Cheap Parking

About three weeks ago I noticed this car and caravan parked in Bowen Crescent, the car with a disabled parking permit in a disabled space but the caravan occupying a paid ticket parking area. 

Most of Queens Road is a five lane major thoroughfare, but its beginning is very quiet and not directly connected to the busy part, with an office building one side and a small park on the other. The car and caravan were moved to this quiet part of Queens Road and has been there for more than two weeks I think. 

Some years ago a person challenged his multiple parking fines when he left his car illegally parked in the City of Melbourne. A court or whatever established that someone can only be fined once for an offence. That means if you park your car illegally, you can leave it there and only be fined once. 

I don't know if the caravan owners knew this but they did receive a parking ticket and that is the only one they will receive if they remain in the same car park. 

I don't receive parking fines as I always park legally but I will guess the fine for not paying for and overstaying at metered parking might be $50. Even if it is more, there is only one fine and you couldn't possibly get cheaper parking in this area for anything like that for two or more weeks. 

The caravan is parked next to a public toilet block, no showers. I wonder if that is relevant. I've never seen anyone come or go from the caravan. To be charitable maybe they are stranded with our lockdown. 

Regardless, very cheap parking. 

28 comments:

  1. Don’t get me started
    Over hear the speeding van is a money making maching

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    1. John, only for those who speed. They have choices as to whether to be fined or not.

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  2. Your parking fines are cheaper than ours. It is over $100 for overstaying, and $600 for parking in an area reserved for people with disabilities. You can't however be charged twice for the same parking offence.

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    1. EC, I have checked and the minimum parking fine is $91. I am clearly out of touch with fines, and that is not a bad thing.

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  3. So that means once you get the ticket you can keep your vehicle there for years? My neighbors pay a lot of money each month to park their large camper/RV legally at a parking area, that seems unfair someone can park almost for free.

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    1. Terra, without looking the time lone up, after a month or two the car will be warned as being an abandoned car, and some time after if there wasn't a response, it will be towed to a compound. I think if its registration expires, it will be immediately removed.

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  4. Kind of like double jeopardy, hey?

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  5. Judging by the car and the caravan I'm sure they could afford to pay for parking!

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    1. I thought that myself Caro. Nice units.

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  6. Our little town has had parking meters since the early 1980's
    So free parking.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, meters but free parking?

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  7. Perhaps they are stranded and the nearest caravan park is full, so parking near a toilet is a great idea.

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    1. River, one thing for sure, the nearest caravan park would be much further away than our 5km travel limit. I think you are right, but how did they end up in very inner city with a caravan?

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  8. When I lived in London, I remember seeing a Land Rover and huge trailer containing a very long yacht, occupying about 4 spaces in my road. It stayed there for weeks. How the owner had managed to find such a space I have no idea. Why he had a huge yacht in central London was also a mystery. We became used to it.

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    1. Cro, reverse at speed, brake and dump the yacht off the trailer into the Thames? A yacht parked in inner London does sound like a queer thing.

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  9. This one-time fine sounds odd. Can't be much of a deterrent.

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    1. Kirk, a parking fine of around $100 is a deterrent, but not receiving more fines is not. I expect the system is abused more than we know. We only noticed because it was a caravan too.

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  10. Good grief that sure is cheap parking.
    Someone must come there to check out the car and caravan, being next to the loo makes me wonder - stuck they are I guess, Victorian number plates waiting for time to pass to more on.
    Bit of an odd rules only being fined once, surely they will be asked to move on eventually.

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    1. Margaret, maybe around $100, but still cheap. I think you are right, lockdown. Yes, the car will receive a warning notice that it appears to be abandoned and will be removed.

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  11. You should have been a detective Andrew! The car involved is a Mercedes so the owner is not short of a bob or two as we sometimes say in northern England.

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    1. YP, I'll bet you five bob that in Australia the word bob is still used by those of a certain age.

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  12. That definitely seems like a counterproductive rule. In London it's not unusual to see cars with stacks of parking tickets left over time!

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    1. Steve, as you describe, that is how it should be.

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  13. I believe here the police can ticket every 24 hours, and a lot places tow after 24 hours.

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    1. TP, there is much to admire about your country, and as you describe is an instance.

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  14. You reminded me of The Van which was a true story of illegal parking on the author/performer Alan Bennett's property. Maggie Smith played the occupier. Marvelously written.

    I never knew about the double jeopardy of the ticket (s). Cheap parking.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, while I thought it was a light movie, it was enjoyable, and of course everything Maggie Smith touches is gold. There is another set in Scotland I think where she hikes up a mountain with a young male companion. Well worth a watch too.

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