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‘Ignorant’: Bunnings carpark move slammed

A motorbike driver has been criticised for parking on a yellow hatched area in a Bunnings carpark — but not everyone is convinced the rider was in the wrong.In a post shared in the Australian Disability Parking Wall of Shame Facebook group, one man wrote how he had busted a motorcyclist parking in a section…

A motorbike driver has been criticised for parking on a yellow hatched area in a Bunnings carpark — but not everyone is convinced the rider was in the wrong.

In a post shared in the Australian Disability Parking Wall of Shame Facebook group, one man wrote how he had busted a motorcyclist parking in a section between two disabled parking spots.

The picture showed how the bike had been parked on a hatched area with yellow lines and a pole in the carpark of the Bunnings in the Geelong region, in Victoria.

“He explained to me that motor bikes can park anywhere, even on foot paths. Besides there is no sign saying NO BIKE PARKING,” the man captioned the post.

“I tried to explain to him how ignorant he was, but it fell on deaf ears.”

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The post soon got dozens of comments from people who blasted the motorcyclist’s decision to park in the space that had been reserved so disabled people using the adjoining spaces can enter and exit their car safely.

“The motorbike can’t park wherever they want,” one person wrote. “They just think they own the roads and the rules and they don’t have common sense.”

“Motorbike riders seem to think the laws don’t apply to them. I’ve seen this happen so many times at shopping centres, and security don’t seem to care either,” another commented.

Others hoped that the motorcyclist would learn a lesson from parking there, with one person writing: “I’m not one to advocate vandalism, but it’d be karma if the wind (!) blew it over.”

But others disagreed with the harsh assessment, pointing out that rules for where motorcyclists can park weren’t always clear.

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“My daughter recently obtained her learners licence. In no part anywhere in the written test is any mention of the hatched area being linked with the (disabled carpark) beside it,” one person commented.

“And if they took up a whole parking space for a bike people would still whine,” one wrote.

However others said that even if it wasn’t strictly illegal for the motorcyclist to park where he did, he shouldn’t.

“I ride a motorcycle. I don’t give a flying f**k what the law says! I would never park on a cross hatched area impeding disability ingress and egress. It’s not just whether or not you CAN park there, it’s also about whether or not you SHOULD!!!!” one person commented.

Another joked: “No rule stating I can’t park my car on top of his bike, I mean there is no signage for it!”

According to Vic Roads motorcycles can be parked on footpaths, however, cannot block access to parked cars or pedestrians.

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