BELMONT Police say a teenage window washer was arrested for assaulting a female driver whose car was stopped at the intersection of Great Eastern Highway and Tonkin Highway.
The 17-year-old was charged with multiple offences and allegedly had coins totally $65.20 that officers seized on Wednesday.
His arrest comes after a security guard vented his frustrations about illegal and intimidating window washers operating across notorious major intersections in Belmont at an official Belmont City Council meeting.
Belmont Police arrested a 17 year old male window washer for assaulting a female driver that refused the service at the Tonkin Hwy X Great Eastern Hwy intersection in Redcliffe. $65.20 in coins were seized and the male was charged with multiple offences. #FB pic.twitter.com/cn8z7qmRHN
— Belmont Police (@BelmontPol) June 5, 2019
At the meeting, the man claimed his car was damaged when one window washer threw a rock and that local intersections were easily Perth’s worst for the illegal money making activity.
The intersection of Great Eastern Highway and Tonkin Highway in Redcliffe is notorious for window washers, who take advantage of long delays between traffic lights lights to target motorists.
Other major intersections such as Orrong Road and Leach Highway and the Great Eastern and Graham Farmer Freeway junctions are also known hotspots.
While window-washing at intersections has been targeted by police before, many people are surprised to realise that paying for the ‘service’ is also illegal under the Road Traffic Code.
Earlier this year police fined Perth driver Luke Bresland $50 after he gave a window washer $1.50, although the charge was dropped last week.