Currently, in Lutterworth there are two clearly define groups, when it comes to parking.
There are those who believe that some Car parkers are taking liberties, there are others that believe the enforcement officers are too strict.
I fear, that for many there is no happy medium between the two, but let me remind you of some of the more obscure potential parking violations.
- To park more than 50cm away from the kerb could lead to an on the spot fine being issued.
- When using any designated space, a car is not considered ‘in’ the space if the wheels are over any lines and could be ticketed.
- Parking on a dropped curb could see a fixed penalty notice applied (such as, across a specifically designed pedestrian crossing point, especially thos with ‘bubbled’ pavements, a sign for the visually impaired, or across someone’s drive way.
- Putting out cones, bins or other obstacles to reserve a parking space is not permitted, as it could be interpreted as causing an obstruction resulting in a fine.
- The engine must be turned off in a parked car, even if the driver is only grabbing a coffee or de-icing on the driveway during the winter.
- Allowing a parked car to build up dirt could leave its registered owner open to prosecution, as having an unreadable number plate is illegal.
- Checking in the mirrors is a must when exiting a parked car; it is the responsibility of the driver and any passengers to ensure their opening door will not, for example, knock a passing cyclist.
- Using the horn while a car is stationary – including whilst parked – is against the law.
- Parking in a cycle lane, or on zig-zags at zebra crossings or outside of a school, isn’t allowed. Leicestershire County Council are taking a particular interest at the zigzags outside schools. https://the-lutterworth-cloud.uk/trial-to-tackle-school-parking-issues-gets-underway/
- Parking to load or unload on double yellow lines is only permitted if the load is of sufficient volume, weight or difficulty – collecting a newspaper from a shop doesn’t count.
- The Highway Code says that you can’t park anywhere that may restrict access for emergency services, such as leaving a residential road too narrow for a fire engine.
- Parking over a white line indicating the edge of the carriageway, where there is no pavement, is unacceptable.
- Cars parked on a road where speed limit is more that 30mph, any road within 10m of the nearest junction, facing away from the traffic or outside of a designated parking area, should technically have their sidelights on overnight. There seems to be an increasing number of vehicle that are parking right up to a junction. These vehicles, not only restrict vision for vehicles approaching the junction, but are so close, in many cases, as to risk the safety of the vehicle and the Excess and No Claims Bonus of the driver.
There have been many complaints about workers and shop keepers parking in residential areas, when an annual pass in the Chapel Street carpark, would be a lot nearer to the shops and cost less than a cup of famous Coffee a day!
Could be a cheaper alternative!