Motorists fight back – and win

21 Sep

In Richmond, London the council has been forced to repay £1 million in parking fines to 18,500 motorists who were caught parking on the pavement by an incorrectly licenced CCTV enforcement vehicle.

On the Isle of Man residents have persuaded the council to remove four steel posts that they had previously installed to protect the pavement from parked vehicles. They had been installed when a resident complained about the larger vehicles constantly blocking pavements on the corner.

In Barnet there is another petition from local motorists demanding that the council stops giving them tickets for parking on the pavements.

A disabled man in north London is up-in-arms about not being allowed to park on the pavement saying that the council ‘was only doing it to make money’. Shame that he can’t see what would be the result if they didn’t fine motorists for parking on the pavement.

On a lighter note. Some enterprising, but possibly foolish, individual in Manchester tried issuing their own very convincing parking tickets complete with information on how to pay the apparent £60 (35 if paid promptly) fine to the ficticious ‘Greater Manchester Highways Safety Monitoring Partnership’ via and PO box number. A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and bailed pending further inquiries.

However possibly we are actually get away lightly in the UK. Here are a couple of stories from other places.

In Moscow they have an idea that creating a floating car park for 100 vehicles on the Moscow River by Vorobyovy Gory nature reserve with be the answer. The car park would be free to use and ‘be paid for by the cafe also included in the proposal’ which seems a little unlikely. The situation in Moscow seems terrible with motorists driving along the pavement as well as parking on it.

And then in USA a school is laying on buses because the car park for school pupils is closed for 3 weeks. the school says “If eligible for transportation, please encourage students to take the bus in order to avoid a back up in drop off and pick up lines. If you must drive your children to school, please allow extra time. The start of the school day will NOT be delayed because of traffic.”

 

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to “Motorists fight back – and win”

  1. Graham Martin-Royle September 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Funny how all the motorists come out with the same lines, “I had to park there”, “there was nowhere else to park”, etc. No-one forces them to park illegally, there is no-one with a gun pointing it at their heads instructing them to park illegally. It’s their choice and if they get caught and fined, stop bloody whinging. As for the pathetic excuse that if they park on the road, it blocks the road, then find somewhere else to bloody park, the width of the road is no excuse for pavement parking. If that means you may have to walk a bit further, so be it.

  2. Ian... (@LazyBicycleBlog) September 22, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Some enterprising, but possibly foolish, individual in Manchester…

    It wasn’t me ;>D

    Funny how all the motorists come out with the same lines, “I had to park there”, “there was nowhere else to park”, etc. No-one forces them to park illegally, there is no-one with a gun pointing it at their heads instructing them to park illegally. It’s their choice and if they get caught and fined, stop bloody whinging. As for the pathetic excuse that if they park on the road, it blocks the road, then find somewhere else to bloody park, the width of the road is no excuse for pavement parking. If that means you may have to walk a bit further, so be it.

    Indeed. I really wish pavement parking was illegal countrywide – it’s well beyond a joke.

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