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									                            Volume 5           Issue 21                            MARCH 2008

                                                      GUN FOR HIRE
                          Arthur Birch, branded by the media as “Australia’s most despised parking cop”, has
                          come out of retirement where he had been spending his time defending drivers who had
                          been reported for parking offences incorrectly. In fact Arthur has published a book
                          and set up a website to cover some of the inadequacies of parking enforcement -

                          But no more “good guy”, he has been hired by a group of shire councils in country
                          NSW, to make flying raids on the local residents who are ignoring the Australian Road
                          Rules in major townships like
                          Moree, Quirindi, Gunnedah and
Inside this issue:
                          It would appear that none of the
                          locals wanted to take on the job
Gun for Hire         1
                          of Parking Officer, and besides,
                          there probably wasn’t enough
From the             2    work for a full-time position in
Editors Desk              each shire. So, the Councils
                          banded together and talked
Bomb Crazy           3
                          Arthur into coming out of
                          retirement to make the flying
Dandenong            4    visits and give the locals a bit of
                          curry, to remind them of their
Rule 205             5
                          obligations in regard to correct
Hello Possums!       6    parking.

Hard Bunch           7    ‘A Current Affair’ sent a journalist to tag along with Arthur, on his recent week long
                          jaunt around the townships, to get some feedback from the locals. The journo’ also
                          spoke to Mike Silver of Gunnedah Council, who was at a loss to answer the journalist’s
Old Before Time      8
                          questions about local anger to the move. (I think he should have better prepared
                          himself before agreeing to go on camera! – Ed.)

Private Fines        10
                          Arthur was unabashed in his enforcement of the ARR’s, but did show some leniency to
Same Story           11   those who arrived back before being reported, pointing out the error of their ways.

Life as a Parkie     12   In a previous article on Arthur a few weeks earlier, he pointed out a deficiency in PINs
                          issued at the Sydney Airport, were they apparently failed to include a statutory
                          declaration with each PIN issued – this is a fatal flaw for these reports under the
                          legislation. He claimed to have personally had $2000 in fines waived due to this basic
                          oversight by the issuing authority.
                          Apparently, Arthur’s next trip is to help the City of Queanbeyan with its parking
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Welcome to the first edition for 2008. I hope you find the contents of interest, but I must say I
am having to search hard for content. A bit more from the ranks would be much appreciated,
especially some of the hundreds of stories that are out there just waiting for some of you to tell.
We have another part of “Life as a Parkie”, so perhaps that will prompt some recollections of
incidents you have seen, heard or been involved in - see the back page.
The interpretation of Rule 205 seems to be getting more confused as time goes by, without any
decisive action by national authorities to sort the mess out. The confusion is not restricted to
just Councils. The NSW State Debt Recovery Office seems to be just as much at a loss as to the
correct interpretation. I certainly can’t work out their reasoning, see page 5. I believe there is
discussion and proposals on Rule 205 occurring in some transport departments around the country,
but it could still be years before it is solved. Let’s hope it’s not that long.
On page 6 you will find a find poster for a lost “cat”. I didn’t realise I had so many cats on our
property until I saw the picture of this one! The funny thing is, all ours seem to be vegetarians.
The UK seems to be a wealth of stories of disgruntled drivers, iffy tickets and dodgy goings-on,
so here is another little article from the Daily Mail, see page 7. Some of the stories are hard to
believe, but there is just so many of them, there has to be an element of truth in a lot of them.
A private company in Adelaide has been issuing ‘tickets’ that look strikingly similar to those issued
by the Adelaide City Council, in carparks and causing some confusion - see page 10 for details.
Business owners can sometimes be their own worst enemy when it comes to customer parking - and
it seems to be the same the world over. The desire to have their cars near to hand flies in the
face of councils attempts to provide their customers with easy access to the shops that they are
running - see page 11 for a US experience.
Hopefully the next issue will be back on time, so until then, enjoy the read and keep safe!

                                                                  Melbourne City Councils
                                                                  Graham McKinnon was
                                                                  the subject of this
                                                                  cartoon,     drawn    by
                                                                  former Officer Gary
                                                                  Clark, who was with the
                                                                  Council for 17 years.

                                                                  It would appear that
                                                                  the Officers got the
                                                                  better of Graham from
                                                                  time to time.
                                                                                           Page 3


A BENALLA parking inspector has narrowly escaped death after he
tried to remove an explosive device that had been attached to the
spare tyre of his car.
The council employee discovered a suspicious device attached to the spare
of his Holden Rodeo utility, which is owned by the Benalla Rural City
Senior Sergeant Creina O'Grady said the man found wires protruding from
the car, which was parked outside the home of a friend he was visiting in
Shawbrook Avenue about 2.45pm yesterday the 19th November 2007.              Bomb squad Officer
"It's a commercially sold explosive, as opposed to something that may have         on scene
been put together with home-made chemicals."
“It would have been made by someone who had knowledge of explosives to some extent. It had all the
components there,” he said.
Suspecting the device was an explosive, the man drove his car to a nearby isolated area, police said.
Benalla council employees returned to work today but Benalla Rural City Council CEO Tony McIlroy said
some staff are traumatised by the incident.


Following the delivery of the first Vectrix Maxis in Australia there has been a lot of
interest in the all-electric urban commuter. The Vectrix are currently being tested by
the Melbourne and the Adelaide City Councils, with the view of replacing or supplementing
their current regulatory services vehicle fleets.

Melbourne City Council Councillor Peter Clarke has even suggested offering free charging
in the underground car park facility at City Square for all Vectrix users and owners.
Vectrix is also talking with the City of
Greater Geelong as they have shown
interest in a fleet of Vectrix bikes
for their senior parking inspectors.

Charles Mann, Vectrix Marketing
Director, says "This is great for any
commuter or even for those just
heading into town for the day, they
get an easy park and some free fuel."

At a cost of around 50c a week to
charge, they may prove to be a viable
alternative to current oil driven
vehicles.                                     Vectrix undergoes trials at Adelaide City Council
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The staff at the City of Greater Dandenong have been busy putting together a
presentation about the position of ‘Parking Management Officer’ for the Council.
Led by Manager Regulatory Services, Peter Sheldon, they have done a great job in
showing the job in a truthful, no holds barred manner that many other Councils may find
very interesting. It doesn’t hide from the fact that the job has its bad points – but also
highlights the positives of this very demanding position.
The short slide show is available on their website at the below address. It only takes a
few minutes, so have a look next time your on the web.

         Above: A couple of slides from the presentation by City of Greater Dandenong

Hello Jolyon,
            I was very interested in your article on the 'extendable chalk
stick' in the latest edition of Making a Space (Issue 20 - Ed.). This prompted
me to start looking for replacements for our current chalk sticks which are
almost worn out.

I have managed to find a local supplier of 'chalk holders'     at www.teachers- or Email   I have also managed to
source the exact same squeegee at REPCO. It is sold under the Turtle Wax brand.

You may like to pass this info on to any interested parties.

Keep up the great work,

Kevon Griffith
Chief Parking Officer
Glenorchy City Council
                                                                                 Page 5

Richard Macey
March 6, 2008
Sydney Morning Herald

IT IS a ritual performed every day by thousands of Sydney motorists. Parked in a
time-limited parking zone, they dash out at lunch to move their car. Sometimes they
roll a few metres and sometimes they drive around the block. However, simply shifting
your car is not enough to avoid a parking fine.

The State Debt Recovery Office has rejected an appeal by a Coogee woman to be
excused from a $79 ticket she received when she parked in Darling Island Road,
Pyrmont. The woman, a Fairfax Media employee, wrote explaining she had moved her
car. At 5.30pm she had driven "around the corner" into nearby Fyfe Street, another
two-hour zone. But when she emerged at 7.20pm, she found she had been booked.

This week she received a reply from Gregrory Frearson, assistant director of
operations at the Debt Recovery Office, advising that her appeal to have the fine
waived had been rejected. "Based on the circumstances you describe we cannot, under
our guidelines, cancel or offer leniency for this offence." he wrote. "While a vehicle
may be moved to a different spot, if it remains within the overall parking sector the
time limit does not recommence."

Asked if Mr Frearson was correct, Heather Gilmore, a spokeswoman for the
Treasurer, Michael Costa, said: "Yes."

So motorists rushing to move their cars in their lunch breaks will have to make sure
they find a new spot outside "the overall parking sector". However, where an overall
parking sector starts and ends seemed a murky matter yesterday. "A parking sector,"
Ms Gilmore later added, "is usually an area between two [sign-posted] one-directional
arrows, unless indicated otherwise. Generally a zone would not extend beyond one
street, but we'd have to check with [the] council if this is the case here."

The Herald asked Sydney City Council to define a parking sector, but a spokesman
said he would not be able to respond before the newspaper's deadline. A spokesman
for the Roads and Traffic Authority, Alec Brown, said laws forbidding a motorist to
park continuously "in an area or section of road to which the sign-posted parking
restriction applies" had been in force since 1999. However, the "enforcement and
interpretation of parking rules is a matter for councils". Mr Brown added that unhappy
"motorists can contest a parking ticket in court".

In the meantime, if they are moving their cars in their meal breaks, they had better
take a long lunch.
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                                                                                               Page 7

Daily Mail -UK
27th March 2008

Tickets to rile ... We reveal some of the most unreasonable parking fines of all time. Most drivers
vent a little steam when they get a parking ticket - and the number who appeal successfully proves
they're often right to be annoyed. But a new list of the most ridiculous parking tickets ever issued
shows that almost nothing will stop the determined parking warden from slapping a ticket on a vehicle.
Indeed, it suggests a host of ways that officious officials can take advantage of drivers when they are
at their most vulnerable.
Driven to distraction: Even mitigating circumstances such
as falling prey to a heart attack or bank robbers cut no
ice with some wardens
The pit-stop ambush
Lorry driver Michael Collins was on his way to collect a
skip in London's Belsize Park when the road beneath him
collapsed. A burst water main had created a deep hole
where the front wheels of his 17-tonne lorry were now
While he was waiting for roadside assistance, a parking
attendant appeared. To the astonishment of nearby residents - and despite Mr Collins' protests, she
stood on tiptoe and plastered a parking ticket on his windscreen - while helpfully telling him: "You can
The trunk road swoop
If a tree fell on your car and you escaped death by inches, you might expect some sympathy from your
local council. But there was no sign of compassion from Wychavon District Council for Nicky Clegg of
Stoulton, Worcs, after when a tree crashed down on her car as she drove her 82-year-old mother and
11-year-old son.
Police dragged the wrecked car - with crushed bonnet, smashed windscreen and broken wing mirrors - to
the roadside and told Mrs Clegg she could leave it there and pick it up the following day. When she came
back, a parking ticket was stuck on the window.
The knock-down surprise
Think that being badly injured is an excuse to park illegally? Think again. When Nadhim Zahawi of South
London was thrown from his scooter and left lying in the road with a broken leg, a heartless warden
from Lambeth Council slapped a £100 ticket on his bike.
The cavalry attack
You leave your horse in the street and what do you expect to find when you get back? A small pile of
manure perhaps, but not a parking ticket. Yet this is exactly what happened to Robert McFarland, a
retired blacksmith from Yorkshire, when he left his horse Charlie Boy for a few moments.
Under the vehicle description on the ticket, the over-zealous warden had written "brown horse".
The daylight robbery
It was a terrifying ordeal for Fred Holt, 77, when he went to the bank and two masked men burst in
brandishing an axe and a machete. The robbers held the axe to a young cashier's throat while money was
handed over, and the customers were forced to lie on the floor. Later, they had to give statements to
It seems traffic wardens had not listened when officers told them about the raid and asked them not
to issue tickets. Mr Holt found a £30 parking ticket pinned to his windscreen for staying 20 minutes
longer than allowed.
                                                                                           CONT. PAGE 9
    Page 8



                            ***** ******                        ******

This is a request for review of a parking fine I just received. It was quite amusing. Our officer has only just turned
50 so he was less than impressed.

He was originally parked about halfway over a yellow line and our officer asked him to move. He did so but went
further up the road and parked in another no stopping zone.


Bruce Kingdom
Team Leader City Compliance
City of Charles Sturt
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                                                                                           CONT. FROM PAGE 7
The donor kebab
"Do something amazing today" runs the slogan of the National Blood Service. In Sutton, a traffic
warden did just that - by ticketing a blood donor lorry. The mobile National Blood Service truck had
parked at the same spot in Sutton, Surrey, for four years when the zealous parking attendant issued a
ticket while donors gave blood inside.
Sutton council eventually waived the fine, saying the parking attendant had made a simple error of
judgment. Or to put it more aptly, a rush of blood to the head.
The bus stop gambit
Manchester bus driver Chris O'Mahony pulled up at a bus stop in his No 77 to let passengers on. While
he was handing them their tickets, a Manchester City Council parking attendant handed him one.
Passengers looked on in disbelief as the warden joined the queue to prepare the parking ticket,
deposited the £40 notice and walked off.
The driver, apparently, had parked in a restricted area. The attendant said he'd been told to issue
tickets to buses that park there. Council bosses cancelled the ticket and the warden was sent for
retraining - hopefully as something other than a warden.
The heart attack attack
David Holmes felt chest pains as he was driving and headed for hospital, where he was forced to park on
the roadside and was treated for a heart attack. A nurse thoughtfully left a note on the windscreen
explaining the emergency and saying Mr Holmes's daughter would pick the car up later.
It proved futile. A parking attendant slapped a parking ticket on the car and despite an appeal to the
local council the £40 fine was not cancelled.
The random posting
Krister Nylander was dismayed to receive a parking ticket in the post for parking in Warwick. But he
knew the ticket had to be wrong - he lives in Sweden and had not visited England since he was 16.
The offending vehicle was his 20-ton snowmobile, which had barely ever left his barn, let alone Sweden.
How did it get the ticket? Absolutely no Ikea.
Driving home the lesson
A driving instructor was issued with a CCTV parking ticket when his pupil stalled while attempting a
three-point turn and could not restart the car. The offence? Parking more than 50 centimetres from
the kerb.
Distract and destroy
When driver Derek Scott stopped to ask directions, he
found a parking attendant.
While being given details of how to get to his destination,
another warden slapped a 100 pound ticket on his car.
Double hit
Delivery driver Dennis Williams threw his parking ticket
onto the pavement in disgust.
Unfortunately, his outburst was spotted by a nearby warden
on litter patrol who fined him on the spot for being a litter
bug! Mr Williams was convicted at Carmarthen Magistrates
Court and fined 150 pounds.

Meanwhile, a builder who got fed up with receiving parking tickets outside the property he was
renovating came up with a novel idea. He paid the local council for a skip licence and hired a skip with a
drop-down front and parked it outside the property. Every day when he arrived for work, he let down
the front, drove his van into the skip and pulled up the front!
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Adelaide City Fines - advice to consumers

The Commissioner for Consumer Affairs has warned consumers that notices attached to car
windscreens in private carparks should not be confused with parking fines issued by councils.

The Commissioner's warning is directed particularly at the activities of Adelaide City Fines, a
private company associated with the operator of Park Fast carparks. Adelaide City Fines is
known to leave notices on cars in Park Fast carparks, asking for the payment of money.

Although these notices may resemble parking fine notices, Adelaide City Fines are not
connected in any way with the Adelaide City Council or any other council and do not have any
authority to issue council parking fines or expiation notices. Adelaide City Fines is a private
company and these notices are requests for payment to Park Fast or Adelaide City Fines for
alleged breaches of contract, that is, the contract with the parking station.

The Commissioner advises consumers that these notices do not, in themselves, legally compel
consumers to pay any money. These are simply requests for payment. If you do not pay a
notice, Park Fast will decide whether to sue you for the alleged breach of contract. If you are
sued, it is up to the court to decide whether you should pay anything.

The Office of Consumer and Business Affairs does not encourage or condone illegal parking in
a car parking station. Consumers are required to pay the appropriate fee for the time the car
is parked in the station. To assess whether you are in breach of your contract with the parking
station, seek legal advice.

The company operating as Adelaide City Fines,
and Adelaide City Collections, have been issuing
‘requests for payment’ which bare a remarkable
resemblance to PINS issued by the Adelaide City
Council. The requests have caused considerable
confusion amongst drivers receiving these
notices, with hundreds attempting to pay them at
the Council offices - Ed.

Dennis Gazelle, Team Leader of Traffic and
Local Laws at Whitehorse City Council (Vic),
sent in this picture of a ‘Christmas Tree’ spotted
at the rear of a shopping centre in Frankston.
I figure the empty beer cartons might have had
something to do with the creation of this
Some people have too much time on their
                                                                                 Page 11

Group wants crack down on parking violators
by Robert Callahan | Jackson County Chronicle - USA

Parking in downtown Black River Falls would be a lot simpler if business owners did not
park in front of their businesses. The Black River Falls Public Safety committee heard
concerns from members of the Black River Falls Downtown Association during a meeting
held Feb. 20.

Darren Durman, president of the Black River Falls Downtown Association, said the
group's concerns are "mainly to do with business owners and business employees."

Black River Falls City Clerk Bill Arndt said Monday morning downtown parking has long
been an issue in Black River Falls. "It was a problem even when we had parking meters,"
Arndt said.

A parking ticket is $10 if paid within the first 48 hours of the violation. The cost of the
ticket increases to $15 if not paid within the first 48 hours and to $25 if not paid
within 28 days.

"What can we do together to solve the problem," Joe Williams, owner of the Buzz and
Brew, asked. "The only thing we can do is, we can go down there and write tickets,"
Police Chief Don Gilberg replied.

Gilberg said that writing tickets can be a "double-edged sword." While the violators of
the two-hour parking edict would be ticketed, so would shoppers, Gilberg said. "We have
business owners call us up and tell us we are destroying downtown business," Gilberg said
of times when the police department has written tickets.

If shoppers were to be ticketed, the Black River Falls Downtown Association might
reimburse the customer, Durman said.

Committee member Brad Rahmlow asked if there have been attempts made to talk to the
violators. "It's just like talking to a wall," Durman said.

Some in attendance suggested raising the price of a parking ticket to as much as $25.
"If the city wants to raise it to $25, they have every right to do that," Gilberg said.

Gilberg said if given a list of the violators, he would speak to each of them concerning
the situation. "If voluntary compliance doesn't work, enforcement is our only other
option," committee chairperson Don Mathews said.
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                               LIFE AS A PARKIE Part 4 - From WARA Rangerdaze
                               ‘The Dobber’ had some wonderful stories to tell of a time when he was working for
 PRESENTED BY THE              a very large Council. At one particular time the council received some complaints
   CITY COUNCIL                regarding an unsatisfactory parking situation in the vicinity of a popular bar. The
                               establishment had a brick wall adjacent to the offending vehicles and patrons
                               would sit just a little inside the wall. Unfortunately for the parkies, the fence was
                               on a slope and varied from approximately waist high down to about a foot in height
                               so the parkies would crawl along on their knees to avoid being seen. Of course, at
                               one point they would have to pop up and attach their notices to the vehicles then
                               high tail it out of the area as all hell would break loose.
 Phone: 08 8203 7509           One day he and a load of other parkies were working near a well known jetty. It
 Fax: 08 8203 7387
                               was an extremely busy day and after a brief discussion they came to the
   j.porter@adelaidecity       conclusion that none of them was in the mood for the usual confrontations from
          irate motorists. Discretion had to be adopted here and the decision was that they
                               would hide until they, all the vehicle occupants, were on the boat. When all the
                               motorists and passengers were aboard the boat and it was sailing out the parkies
                               would appear from nowhere and wave the passengers off with infringement
                               I love to hear these stories. The job is so interesting.
                               One very angry motorist came back to his car one day as he was being booked for

     NEEDED!                   not displaying a parking ticket. He took a risk and hadn’t bothered to buy one. As
                               he approached his vehicle he spoke to the inspector telling him not to bother as
                               he was “leaving now”. No it doesn’t work that way. He became very abusive and was
                               informed that the infringement would be posted to him. He jumped into his car
                               and drove away like a maniac. What he did next was to purchase a ticket from
                               another area and then immediately drive off. He was planning his appeal just in
All contributions gratefully   It was unfortunate for me (and him) that I was the next inspector he came
accepted.                      across. I think he had been looking for me !! Of course, being a woman, I think he
                               thought I would be an easy target for his anger and frustration of the situation.
Long, short, or tall, it
doesn’t matter.                He squealed to a halt, interrupted my conversation with another motorist and
Photos are great!              verbally abused me. Oh yes, this man was a total nutter. After telling him not to
                               interrupt me, I eventually stood and listened to him rant and rave telling me that
Come on put pen to pa-         if it wasn’t for his own medical condition he would have “bopped the inspector”. ‘I
per, or fingers to the key-
                               don’t think so’ I thought. This particular inspector was a rather large, muscular,
board, and send me some-
thing about your Council,      young guy. This plonker wouldn’t have stood a chance. Who did he think he was?
something funny, unusual,      Mike Tyson? His brain is probably the only thing they have in common.
or even outrageous!            This man elected to go to court as there was no way he was going to admit that he
                               had been in the wrong. This turned out to be a very interesting court hearing. He
                               had stopped another parkie one day and told him he was taking “one of you lot” to
                               court and he was going to win. Did he win? I bet you are asking yourself. Well in
                               short – no. For the sake of paying a few cents for his parking he was found guilty
     JOURNAL OF THE            and ordered to pay the amount of $595. His comment to this was that if he had
                               he known the solicitor’s cost was to be so great he would not have elected to go to
                               court. Now, that I would interpret as being an admission to guilt.

PARKING STEERING GROUP         Watch for further installments in coming issues - and why not visit
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