Police apparently reasssures motorist that persistent illegal parking is OK

12 Aug

I have reported this Jaguar car to the police on a number of occasions for parking in a raised crossing outside a local primary school over the past 9 months – the car even takes pride of place at the the top of our ‘Rogues gallery‘. I saw the owner in his car today for the first time. He told me that the police has visited him about 3 months ago and said that it was OK for him to continue parking as he was. I am very surprised to hear that because I have personally reminded the local sergeant about the Traffic Management Act 2004 (section 86) which says that it is illegal to block a raised crossing. Possibly the police were confused because there is also a single yellow line which doesn’t apply after 6pm. Whatever the truth is, it is clear that the guy didn’t stop parking illegally so the police can’t have done much to enforce the law.

The guy told me that he was moving today, so as a send-off here are some of the photos taken over the past 9 months including one taken today of the van he is using to move house parked up on the raised crossing as well! I will send a copy of this post to my local sergeant in a few days to remind him to respond to my last two letters on the subject. I will include any (polite) messages that are left at the end of this post over the next few days.

Jaguar still on the crossing in August 2011

Jaguar on the raised crossing outside the school in June 2011

Our friend the Jaguar driver again, back in May 2011)

Jaguar on a raised platform with a single yellow line in November 2010)

His removal van up on the raised crossing today!

2 Responses to “Police apparently reasssures motorist that persistent illegal parking is OK”

  1. Graham Martin-Royle August 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    I think the problem is that half the time the police don’t know what the law actually is and they try to go for an easy life, so letting this person park and ignoring you is the easy way out. The same is true of politicians with the added frustration that they are scared to upset the motorists because they want their votes so they are unlikely to do anything.

    • Ian... (@LazyBicycleBlog) August 13, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

      You could tell your local Sergeant that whilst the illegally parked fella is clearly an inconsiderate arsehole – as somebody in a position to do something about it – by choosing not to he isn’t much better.

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