Sunday, 2 March 2014

Inconsiderate and Illegal Parking

There is so much illegal and inconsiderate parking that we almost don’t see it. With this in mind, and after noticing some blatant examples on a recent ride, I decided to look back over the footage of taken on my head-cam to highlight a few examples.

The attached video shows what I mean. First up, we have a group of commercial vehicles all in a line, all parked entirely across the pathetic excuse that passes for a cycle lane and much of the pavement too. A series of drivers all think that their convenience is more important than that of the people who might like to walk or cycle along this way.

Then we have the lazy driver who has parked on double yellow lines outside a local shop. Just a few metres along there were spaces to park. Would it have been so difficult to have parked a little further along and walked back to the shop?

A minute or so further along we have cars parked entirely or almost entirely on the pavement. Never mind if you are trying to walk along that way or wheel a pushchair, or wheel yourself in a wheelchair. Do these people not realise that the pavements are not designed for the weight of vehicles? Over time, the surface of the pavement is damaged causing risk of injury to people trying to walk along and costing council tax payer’s money in repairs.

Finally, we have a white car parked on a junction. A few years ago, I acted for the mother of a young boy who was killed in an accident that was contributed to by the thoughtless actions of a motorist who parked their vehicle so close to a junction that it reduced visibility for other road users. That person’s convenience cost a human life.

It really is time that people thought more about where they are going to park their cars and also time that the authorities took action.

We also need, as a society, to wean ourselves off this almost religious devotion to the car and the fanatical insistence upon being able to park where the hell we want that comes with it.

Tim Beasley, Partner, Levenes Solicitors