Ok so the other day I went to uni to meet with some friends... I knew the meeting wouldnt take very long so I parked my bike close to where we were meeting. One hour later I come back to discover a roll of thin pink paper inserted on my dash. To my horror, once I unfolded the slip of pink paper I discovered that it was a parking fine for $66 (see Fig 2). The slip of paper claimed I had infringed rule 208(1)( of the Road Safety Act (Vic) 1986 -- "Unreasonably obstructing the path of vehicles/pedestrians."... Ok lets see now... "obstructing" is defined by the dictionary as to "prevent or hinder" movement. "Hinder" is defined as to "create difficulties for (someone or something), resulting in delay or obstruction". Clearly, there is a gap wide enough to fit 2-3 pedestrians walking along the path side by side... there is also a large enough gap between the bike and the empty bins to fit another person (see Fig 1). Additionally, the bike was parked, and intended to be parked for 1 hour from 9:15 to 10:15 in the morning when there is very little pedestrians walking around because (a) there aren't many classes in the morning, (b) nobody shows up to 9am classes and (c) the bike was parked when the people who do show up should have been in class. Even if the bike was obstructing pedestrians, it would have not been unreasonable, considering all of the circumstances mentioned above, to do so. So then I immediately forwarded my arguments onto the local council (who deal in this area) and I hope to either receive a formal letter of apology or to see them in court . It has been almost a week and they havn't contacted me yet. Fig 1. How bike was parked. Fig 2. Fine... :evil: [Insert abusive verb here] parking inspectors, you'd have to be a serious t0sser to book somebody for $66 10 minutes after they park their bike. Yes parking inspectors are needed to prevent cars blocking pedestrian pathways, and yes they probably wouldn't do their jobs properly if they didn't get commissions, but I think the job seriously requires people who arent complete d!cks that get off on causing grief (ie. booking peniless full time students working part time to support themselves) and have a sense of conscience or empathy. [/rant] Has anyone here challenged a parking ticket and won? Post any stories you would like to share.