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#251 I'm Batman

Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:27 AM

I'm finding this thread so bizzare.

If you can't afford the fine in a whole amount, just pay regular sums and they don't go to enforcement.

Making a judgement error doesn't make you a bad person. You just have to live within the law or deal with the mistakes you've made. Throwing a big tanty and trying to get out of the fine means you really don't understand why you've been fined. It's not about something feeling unfair to you, it's not just about you, the disabled parking is there to level the playing field for those who can't walk, or can't walk far.

The disadvantage you may feel because of the fine is just a drop in the ocean compared to the financial and personal costs of experiencing a lack of mobility.

#252 RichardParker

Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:31 AM

I'm not insisting it's a carrot at all.  I know it's still a cost.  But it's a cost in the form of a conscious decision to pay, as opposed to a punishment imposed.  Deciding to risk getting a fine is different to deciding to pay a premium for a convenience.

Many people will risk the possibility of getting a fine, but fewer will agree to certainly pay a premium for the extra parking.  I would argue (and am sure that psychological evidence on risk assessment and behaviour would support) that you would actually get fewer people overstaying their parking if they knew FOR CERTAIN they'd have to pay more, than you would if they knew there's A CHANCE of getting fined.

So if the goal of these altruistic lawmakers really is to achieve equity of parking via through-put of cars, they would implement an evidence-based system that plays on the real behaviour of people when it comes to risk taking.

#253 TiredbutHappy

Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:36 AM

QUOTE (GreenBagCat @ 04/04/2012, 09:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And, much of the time, with those time limits, especially around work-places, everyone just moves their car to another 2 hour or four hour spot, 10 metres down the road.

Slightly off topic but I think they fine you for that too.  If you're still in the same stretch of parking with the same time limit, it doesn't matter whether you move it 1 spot down the road or 10, they can still fine you as if you haven't moved at all.

#254 itsaboysworld

Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:41 AM

IN our region the disabled parking permits are valid for I think two years and its up to the permit holder to ensure they apply to a new one within the valid time. I once unknowingly parked in a disabled parking spot the day after my permit had expired. I was fully entitled to a new permit and got one the following day.

HOWEVER, I was fined on the day after my permit had expired and I sucked it up and paid the fine as I hadnt adhered to the rules.

People throw around the term entitlement here pretty often but this really the a matter of that. I am not "entitled" because I fit the criteria, I am only entitled to use those parks if I abide by the laws governing them.

Edited by itsaboysworld, 04 April 2012 - 10:42 AM.

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