Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A very deflating story

This is a pretty international phenomenon: Motorists drive and park their cars in the tiniest spaces, so they just don’t have to walk too far to their final destination. On the island of Bali the capital Denpasar and the regions around Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are these days clogged with cars; traffic density is increasing and finding parking space can be a bit of a problem. You know that if you insist on parking in a ‘no parking zone’ you might get fined (via a parking ticket), wheel-clamped or - worst case - your car get towed - with associated steep costs and hassles.

Not so in Bali! Since Jalan Legian, the main road connecting the tourist areas of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak was recently declared a ‘no parking zone’, the local authorities updated their rules accordingly. Vehicles found parking in the road won’t get a ticket or are towed away.They will simply have their tires deflated. “We are serious now, we will activate a team to monitor parking conditions on Jalan Legian.” said one official, “we will deflate the tires of any cars parked on the street”. That’s what I call an innovative idea. Not everyone has a compressor onboard one's car, so it will cause quite some annoyances to those parking offenders.

As you can see, Bali is quite a unique place on earth. Things work different here and you are guaranteed your daily dose of laughs while staying here. Just take it all easy and follow the rules - then nothing can happen!