Oh this guy had parked dead centre of the actual park and had not given any indication that there was a bike there.
I should add as well that the carparks on campus service different areas of the campus. There are 3 carparks which service my side of the campus, as well as 2 general-use carparks which cover both sides of the campus and can be used by anybody (our campus is divided into two: one side is for the science, maths and what-have-you students, the other side is for the humanities, social and behavioural sciences, law and teaching students, the health science students have their own campus area located closer to the hospital)
A quick check of the parking yesterday revealed that there are at least a dozen motorcycle spaces in the parking lot one level below us and on any given day, there are at least 1 or 2 that are empty. There are also a number of motorcycle spots in the other general use carpark.
Fortunately the security patrol at uni checks all the parking lots fairly frequently and they DO actually check for permits. It is VERY hard to talk your way out of paying the fine and they actually have a sheet on their website which lists all the excuses that DON'T WORK. Here's the list:
-They left someone in their car/had the motor running/had the indicators on. (it's illegal to actually leave your car unattended and have the motor running. in addition, if the car is not moving engine running or not, and there's no driver inside, it's considered to be "Parked")
-It's their first time on campus and they didn't know they had to pay for parking (there are SEVERAL signs displayed around campus that say you need to AND there is a sign on each carpark which says "Day, Year or Semester Permits need to be displayed")
-They're a contractor and need to have their tools close by (they can make arrangements with the uni to bring their car in, but otherwise they have to park and pay like everybody else)
-They were only in the loading zones for 5 minutes (the security staff actually check TWICE within 20 minutes, if you stay there longer than 20, you're screwed)
-They were unloading something and were caught up for other reasons (see above)
-They were on "official uni business" (they are required to park and pay like everyone else, in addition, they have to pay for any fines out of their own pocket)
-THey were running late for an appointment (no comment)
-It was only for a few minutes (they check these parks TWICE to prevent this from occurring)
-The ticket machine wasn't working (there are ticket machines located all over campus)
-Person was only doing a short errand (does not justify parking illegally)
-They went to collect their passenger and left their vehicle in the Set Down bay (see first point)
-The regulation has not been enforced/"everybody does it"/I was the only one who received a fine (they only accept appeals on grounds of validity, not practice and this would be considered to be the latter)
-They disagree with having to pay fines (then why park on campus?)
-Somebody else had my car (the owner is responsible for payment unless either they can a) prove the car was stolen or b) use a statutory declaration to state that the car was being driven by somebody else at the time)
-The "all the lots were full" excuse (the uni provides overflow parking for this)
-The "it's a space, I should be able to park there" excuse or the "I had a permit but it didn't match the park excuse" (this refers to the spaces that are designated for carpoolers, disabled or VIPs. In those cases, you are required to display a special permit in addition to your regular permit. The offence in that case is failure to display a VALID permit)
-I wasn't obstructing others/causing a hazard (but you're OK with damaing uni property?)
-Permit was in glove box/in other car (still a fine for failure to display a valid permit)
-only part of the car was parked illegally (so do they drop the fine to 10% of the fine if the car was parked illegally?
-Various complaints about not knowing Australian road rules (responsibility of the driver, not the campus)
-They bought a permit but bought a new car (they're required to inform the university if this happens so they can update their records)
-Short-term permit fell onto the floor or wasn't displayed correctly (if your car doors are shut, you have NO excuse)
-They stacked the tickets in the short-term parking spaces (there are 2 kinds of short-term parking spaces: 4 hour and 8 hour. The point of them is to encourage vehicle turnover)
-They were delayed for various reasons (it's their responsibility to factor this in)
-They thought they didn't have to pay during mid-semester/mid-year/summer vacation breaks (the ONLY time, and I mean ONLY time you don't have to pay is if you're going to be on campus for graduation)
I should add as well that a day pass is $4.20. A year permit is $135 for the YEAR. PRetty good deal given that the city U-Parks and Care parks charge up to $20 per DAY.