Ute driver slammed over 'inconsiderate' shopping centre parking

·News Reporter
·2-min read

A ute driver has been called out for their "inconsiderate" parking outside a shopping centre, forcing other customers to give the vehicle a wide berth due to safety risks.

A member of the North Lakes community group in Queensland posted a picture of the incident, which showed a white ute in a car park near Aldi with several pipes sticking out at the back of the vehicle.

The pipes appear to be more than three metres long, which the poster called a "major hazard".

A driver parked their ute in an Aldi carpark with several poles hanging out at the back of the vehicle. Source: Facebook/ Belinda Bedggood
A driver parked their ute in an shopping centre carpark with several white poles hanging over the back of the vehicle. Source: Facebook/ Belinda Bedggood

"Is this legal?? Cars had to go around," she said on the Facebook group.

Another considered the situation "very dangerous."

Many deliberated how legal it was to have such long poles strapped at the back of his car.

"He'll find out how legal he is or isn't when someone drives past that load and hits it with their car, or even face if they're a pedestrian," one man said.

"I guarantee that [they'll] be in a lot of trouble."

The white poles strapped to the ute forced customers to drive or walk around for safety reasons. Source: Facebook/ Belinda Bedggood
The white poles strapped to the ute forced customers to drive or walk around for safety reasons. Source: Facebook/ Belinda Bedggood

According to a Queensland Government transport website, the legal overhang limit is 3.7 metres from the rear wheel.

Visible loads projecting from the rear by more than 1.2 metres must display a warning device such as a brightly coloured flag during the day, or a red warning light visible from at least 200 metres at night.

While some were quick to criticise the driver, others gave them the benefit of the doubt.

"Poor bloke is copping a hammering for trying to earn a dollar," one man said.

"Not the smartest place to park, but he probably has just done a 10-hour day and ran in to buy a hot chook for dinner."

Another said the person "didn't want to hurt anyone or plan on causing (an) inconvenience."

It was suggested on the Facebook post that someone call the Aldi customer service desk or get in touch with police.

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