This post is a little different in that I don’t have a solution to the problem so am throwing it out to the readers to get their thoughts.
In the last few days there has been a bit of a stoush played out on the front of the NZ Herald between a man that was towed and the towing company. The story on Monday was about how he parked in a carpark that was clearly marked as a towaway zone, got towed and managed to get his money back but that isn’t the reason for this post, I wanted to look at why he got towed in the first place.
Here is what he himself had to say about it:
Dan Dwyer, a lawyer, saw the warning signs when he pulled into an empty parking lot on Dominion Rd but figured he’d take the risk given it was 9pm and he was ducking into a video store for just a few minutes.
“I thought about towing at the time but thought I’d only be 10 minutes … I thought we’d get away with it.”
But, when he returned with his movies, he found the Toyota Corolla he had borrowed from his flatmate was gone.
The story then goes on to explain about how he got his money back and he has this to say:
This was nine o’clock at night and there’s not a car in the yard … I don’t know why you can’t park there and nip in quickly.
As the title of the post asks, what can we do to change peoples attitudes to parking, why is it that people feel they can park their vehicle where ever there is an open space and how do we change it. We have seen similar issues with the new shared spaces as well as the Wynyard Quarter that has led to there often having to be staff patrolling the area to prevent this from happening.
On Tuesday we heard back from the boss of the towing company with a very similar response (note: I had intended to write this post before I had seen the response from the towing company)
Mr Burrows, also general manager of the First Recovery tow-truck firm, said it was frustrating some motorists felt they should get a pat on the back for the lack of respect they showed for others’ private property.
“At the end of the day, people shouldn’t even have had to put a sign up to say you shouldn’t park here.
“It’s always someone else’s fault. There was a sign there; he [Mr Dwyer] chose to take the risk. For every time he’s been caught, there’s 500 times he hasn’t.
“Why do people expect to park at someone else’s property and not pay for it?”
So what can we do?