I was recently threatened with being knifed because I pointed out that a driver had parked dangerously.
The Highway Code is clear: “You MUST NOT leave your vehicle or trailer in a dangerous position or where it causes any unnecessary obstruction of the road.” This is the law.
The amount of dangerous, inconsiderate and illegal parking in our area is now of epidemic proportions, and it isn’t a victimless crime, with danger, delay and inconvenience caused to road users, especially pedestrians and cyclists. Despite the obvious danger and illegality, it would appear to be almost impossible to get the police or South Gloucestershire Council to take action.
There are vehicles regularly parked opposite turnings, on bends, on corners, on the pavement and blocking dropped kerbs. All these are offences but the police turn a blind eye to them and the council made Mr Bean look a paragon of competence when I tried to get them to move a vehicle blocking a dropped kerb. My confidence in them was not increased when I saw a local councillor getting out of a car which was frequently parked on a dangerous bend.
The police appear to be taking the latest incident seriously, as it involved a threat of violence, but the basic problem remains: what can we do about the selfish, ignorant and stupid people who consider that they can park anywhere that’s convenient for them, ignoring risk and inconvenience to others?
Perhaps the answer is naming and shaming those who are incapable of parking safely and considerately, and pictures of the miscreants could be published on a website?
Richard Burton, Little Stoke
Photo: Dangerous parking at the junction of Broad Croft and Pear Tree Road. [source: Richard Burton]
This article originally appeared on the Letters and Opinions page of the September edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine.
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