Cheltenham councillor blasts motorists who park on pavements
Cheltenham councillor Barbara Driver has launched a broadside against motorists who half park on pavements in the town.
Writing in her weekly column for the Gloucestershire Echo newspaper - Barb's Wire - Cllr Driver criticises drivers who park illegally on pavements and put on their hazard warning lights in the belief this makes it okay.
Cllr Driver writes:
HAVE you ever wondered, as I have done, why people who park their cars illegally and halfway across the pavements think they are then legal if they put their hazard lights on.
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Are these people so important that everyone else just needs to get out of their way while they stop or park where they wish?
The blind and partially sighted cannot see the hazard lights, while mothers with buggies or those in a wheeled chair often cannot manoeuvre round these cars, lights or no lights.
I live by the train station and the roads round this area suffer so much from inconsiderate and bad parking.
Some residents take their lives in their hands just getting their cars out of their own driveways in The Eldorados. Glencairn Park Road also suffers badly from inconsiderate parking, this being due to someone being late for their train, not wanting to pay at the station for parking but do not mind making life difficult for those living in the street.
We do not see traffic wardens outside the town centre very often I am sorry to say, and these people know that so take advantage.
I do wonder if these people who park half on pavements or indeed across the pavement and driveways think all footpaths now are a free for all whatever mode of transport you use, feet or wheels?
If the car is half over double yellow lines, or a single yellow line and over the pavement, it is up to the traffic wardens to ticket for that type of parking.
But if the car is parked half or fully across the pavement without the yellow lines it is up to the police to enforce, but only if it is causing an obstruction.
That will depend, what is an obstruction for some people may not be for others. What a mess, the result being more and more are parking this way while residents have to manoeuvre round them.
In a few places these problems are added to by vegetation hanging over the pavement from gardens. St George’s Road and the streets in that area is where a free for all is often the case. Lansdown Road is another where overhanging hedges, footpath, a cycle lane and sometimes illegally parked cars makes the walk into town like an assault course.
I am sure other people know of roads in their area where inconsiderate, illegal dangerous parking goes on.