Gordz wrote:durka's only care about their next payout anyway. oh and guess what. their job runs on commisions per fine.
If you're upset at how they are paid you need to protest to the council about outsourcing to contractors. Back in the day when parking officers worked directly for councils they were not paid by commission. I know, my dad was a by-laws officer in the North East about ten years ago. He got no
bonuses for ticketing people. But he ticketed them nonetheless. Why? Because the rules are there for a reason. Parking spots are designated to prevent potential injury and keep traffic flowing. Times are often regulated so that other people can find a parking spot and one place isn't hogged all day by one driver. If people had an extremely
good reason for parking where they did he'd rip up the ticket. However a lack of organisation on their behalf does not
constitute an emergency.
What do you think should have happened in the wake of the bushfires? Have carte blanche
for parking in that section of the city for the next few weeks? If hundreds of people are parking illegally in that one area that creates a nightmare for traffic, which would make things difficult for people who want to get there to give blood, or get to work if they happen to work for the Red Cross. It would make things incredibly inconvenient for other people who want to park there - which would include other potential blood donors, and Red Cross workers. And in the worst case scenario can put other drivers and pedestrians at risk if they are double parking, parking in places where there are no designated parking bays, or parking in clearways. Enough people have been injured or killed in this without creating new hazards. Imagine how many people would be complaining if all of this happened!
I'm sure the council will look at the merits of each ticket and if the person can prove they were donating blood they'll waive the fine. Blaming the parking officers is picking on the people lowest in the pile. What about the contracting companies that pay by commission? I'm sure the parking officers would rather receive a flat wage. What about the local politics that urge councils to outsource rather than hire their own employees? Handy way to wipe their hands of the bad-press, but they're the ones who caused the situation in the first place. And what about putting a little bit of responsibility back on the people who parked illegally in the first place? What's wrong with parking a little further away and walking, or catching PT? Or did they think that all laws in Melbourne were suddenly suspended for them because they were doing a good deed?