Police with teeth – at least in Nottinghamshire

20 Jan

Nottinghamshire Police in the Broughton Astley & Walton area have put out a warning that they are going to get tough on pavement parking. here as a screen-grab from their website. I just wish other police forces would take such a clear stand in support of vulnerable road users!

Notts police get tough

Notts police get tough

To quote:

There are rules in parking which are,

1. Drivers must leave enough room for a double buggy pushchair or mobility cart to get through

2. Must NOT park on dropped kerbs for wheel chair access!

3. Must not park blocking driveways!

5 Responses to “Police with teeth – at least in Nottinghamshire”

  1. Graham Martin-Royle January 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Why the caveat about “must leave enough room for double buggy pushchair or mobility cart to get through”? If the vehicle is on the pavement, no matter by how much, no matter how much room they leave, they are on the pavement and should not be. Are the police going to be issued with double buggy pushchairs so that they can measure the gap?

  2. Dr C. January 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Also, the phrase “Women with pushchairs,” makes the Notts Rozzers look a bit out of touch. Still nice to see something being done though.

    • Peter Miller January 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

      I do agree that they are suggesting that parking on pavements ‘a bit’ is ok, but unfortunately that is a legal fact at present. Also that their reference to ‘women’ is a bit old fashioned. However… where they are being very clear is that at all times there should be room for a double buggy to go down the road. That is a lot more than most police will say – indeed in my area the police seem to accept vehicles completely blocking pavement.

      • Graham Martin-Royle January 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

        I agree that it is a step in the right direction but they should go the whole hog and just stop anyone obstructing ANY part of the pavement. I can’t wait to see the arguments in court when someone receives a ticket & appeals saying that, in their opinion they HAD left enough room.

      • Peter Miller January 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

        Politicians make the laws and the police should enforce them. We have two campaign aims here, one is to get the politicians to create stronger laws and the other is to give the police the courage and support they often lack to encourage them to enforce the laws that do exist. I aim to do that by praising those who do enforce the law and shine a little bit of light on those that don’t. Fyi, I wrote to my MP and also the head of transport at Suffolk today to remind them of the issue and the duty of the county council to keep the pavements usable.

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