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It has been observed that one can
park anywhere and avoid being
ticketed by the simple expedient of
having an aluminium ladder on the
roof of one's car. This identifies
the owner of the vehicle as a
tradesperson on legitimate business,
and thus not subject to normal
in itself makes the ladder an
almost perfect Universal Parking
Permit. Aluminium ladders, however,
are relatively cumbersome, and not
the sort of thing most people would
have on their cars.
An improvement would be to
manufacture decoy ladders, ones made
of lightweight materials, which do
not unfold into actual usable
ladders, but look authentic when
displayed on the roof of a car. The
UPP, being lighter and smaller, could
ideally be folded into an even
smaller space, and kept in the car's
glove box when not in use. Upon
parking, the user would take it out,
unfold it into the folded-ladder
position and position it on the roof
of the vehicle.
||Clearly, you live in a city with less militant parking enforcement personnel.
||Here in Washington D.C., contractors have been known to add a "ticket surcharge" for work assignments in the city proper, to compensate for the anticipated parking tickets.
||<Wonders if Uncle Nutsy is good with a rifle>Actually, there's different kinds of license plates to distinguish commercial vehicles which are allowed to park in otherwise off-limits zones, save for handicapped spaces - in Calif., it's simply a matter of not having any letters on the plate - just numerals - pay just a tad more for the plate than mere mortal parkers
</Wonders if Uncle Nutsy is good with a rifle>
||As a resident of Washington DC myself I can honestly say that I have witnessed this militant approach to parking tickets. I have even seen ambulances and fire trucks get parking tickets while on emergency calls. Certainly an aluminum ladder on top of a vehicle won't prevent a parking ticket in some cities.
||Secondly, I think that driving up with a ladder on the vehicle is much different from pulling one out of the trunk and strapping it to the roof. The parking enforcers will see you do it and write you a ticket in spite.