BAD parkers beware.
If you think you can park incorrectly and sneak away before you’re spotted, think again.
A new Facebook page dedicated to “Orange’s Bad Parkers” has even seasoned drivers worried they could be the next one to see their car’s photo plastered on the Internet showing off their less-than-impressive parking skills.
In the first 24-hours, the page scored 1000 ‘likes’ and five days later has more than 3700, something that surprised its creator and administrator, who declined to be named.
He based the page on a similar concept he spotted in Melbourne, but was motivated when he was the victim of someone’s bad parking in Orange.
“It’s something that everyone can joke about,” he said.
“It only takes a few seconds to park properly.”
Although some of the page’s followers had taken to tagging or naming the driver when they spotted a familiar vehicle, the admin said he was not encouraging shaming and was happy to remove photos on request.
“People inbox me a photo and I blank out all the number plates,” he said.
“I think everyone has rights to privacy.”
Ideally, the admin would like someone to sponsor the page and offer free driving lessons to the worst parkers, who he says are usually elderly.
“Older people got their licence back in the day when you only had to drive from one point to another,” he said.
The admin believes Orange’s parking shortage could be solved if Orange City Council cracked down on bad parkers, especially drivers parking over the lines, instead of focusing on those overstaying time limits.
He suggests the council should look at nose-in parking in Lords Place.
Council spokesman Allan Reeder said nose-in parking had been considered as part of a recent parking study, but it would be difficult to change drivers from their traditional back-in ways.
Mr Reeder said about one in five $101 fines were issued for parking over the lines.
“Orange City Council would urge the people behind the site to be careful with privacy issues,” he said.
“[But] if this is another layer of public scrutiny that’s good ... that’s a sign that people will share parking spaces fairly.”
The admin said everyone could be a bad parker sometimes and he had even received photos of police cars parked over the lines in Lords Place, but had chosen not to post them online.
Since the Orange page started, a page targeting Bathurst’s bad parking has also appeared.