Does the uniform make the man?

A pensioner in Collingwood, Victoria, has
challenged her parking fine after an ‘unidentified passer by’ photographer her
car whilst parked in a no standing zone. Her complaint is based not on the
fine, but on the fact that the parking officer was not wearing a uniform or driving
a marked car.

Yarra City Council said that it was not
unusual for plain clothes parking inspectors to issue fines or for them to
write up the fines without getting out of their cars, especially at night.

Interestingly, the City of Melbourne’s newly announced parking technology innovations will result in the installation of
in-ground sensors and license plate recognition technology which will make
parking officers even less conspicuous!

We strongly support this move towards good
use of technology to free up council officers to provide customer service and
assistance; hopefully this will mean that they will no longer be afraid of
getting out of their cars.

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