Friday, February 26 2016

Posted By Danny Choo in Instagram

The job of the parking warden in Japan is to make the lives of drivers as pleasant as possible. Anybody can become a parking warden in Japan as long as they are over 18 - no qualifications are needed but candidates need to take a 14 hour test.
Parking wardens usually travel in numbers of two and you will often see them taking photos of the offending vehicle as evidence before cutting a ticket.

On roads where there are parking meters, one can only park for 1 hour - then you need to move the car a little bit and then pay again in the same meter if you want to stay longer. Meters have an infrared device installed that detects whether a car has moved completely out of the way of the meter before it resets itself for the next person to put their monies in. I would say that this is done purposely to fine drivers who fail to get back to the meter within the hour.

As the parking warden business is privatized, I heard that wardens are paid for each ticket that they cut which seems to motivate them - they are all seeing and it's normal to see them appear a couple of minutes before the parking meter hits the limit.

Parking fines are ranked depending on where you left your car - it can cost up to 18,000 yen or 25,000 yen if you drive a large vehicle.
How much are parking tickets where you live? I drove up to Canada from Seattle once - they seem to love sticking tickets on your car.

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