Council Rangers embrace new technology

20 July, 2012Posted in: Other

Wingecarribee Shire Council is rolling out modern printed ticketing machines to its Rangers undertaking parking patrols, and in the process doing away with the time honoured traditional clipboards and pens long favoured by the state’s legion of grey ghosts (Wingecarribee Shire Council Rangers in fact wear blue uniforms, and bright yellow high visibility vests which makes them easy to spot).

“The new hand-held portable ticketing machines aid in eliminating duplication of work, reduce postage costs and provide more accurate and timely notification,” explained Council’s Manager of Environmental Assessment Les Pawlak.

“The units also bring us into line with many other councils and are linked with the State Debt Recovery Office.

“We understand that no one likes to be pinged by Council Rangers and remind people that should motorists adhere to the parking restrictions they need not fear receiving the dreaded notification on their windscreens,” Mr Pawlak added.

The majority of the Shire’s limited parking areas have been designed to either improve traffic flow or discourage people from monopolising shop frontage spaces thereby increasing passing trade. Other areas have restricted conditions based on safety, disabled, loading or emergency access.

The introduction of the new hand held devices will coincide with the marking and numbering of car spaces in the Bowral CBD which is being introduced to assist with more accurate vehicle identification.

Motorists wishing to contest any Traffic Infringement Notice can do so by contacting the State Debt Recovery Office on the contact information provided on the rear of any infringement ticket.