Car park this way!

7 Nov

Matthews parked their van fully across the pavement right next to their own (empty) off-street parking bay and by a sign pointing to their car park a few days ago. As a results pedestrians have to navigate through their parking bay avoiding both the ‘pavement sign’ and the bollards to get past or to take their chances in the road. To their credit the company did immediately move the vehicle but the driver did say ‘it has never been a problem before’. Possibly not for the company, but for blind people it is one of the reasons why most blind people never go out. This is not a new concern however, back in 2002 the issues for blind people were the same.

Car park this way!

Another view of the same vehicle.

Update

The van was back in exactly the same location today. The staff see absolutely no problem what they are doing, and believe that blind and disabled people and everyone else would be able to find their way around the vehicle with no problems at all.

They repeat that no one has ever complained. Odd when the police must go up that road every day. Not only are then 100% obstructing the pavement, they are also on a single yellow line during its period of operation (which of course covers the pavement as well as the road). However… the police have never been very keen about enforcing these regulations.

 

One Response to “Car park this way!”

  1. Graham Martin-Royle November 8, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    There appears to be a belief that this part of the pavement is actually part of the parking area. When you try to point out that the pavement has been altered so that vehicles can drive over it, to and from the parking area, and not so that vehicles can park on it, you just get a blank look (if you’re lucky).

    As for the police, here in Sussex they have not only decided that they will take no action at all in parking on pavements, they park on pavements themselves. That rather makes a mockery of them being law enforcement officials.

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