Parent cars worry

Parent cars worry

Parent cars worry

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WITH reference to The Press comment of March 28, unless you have lived near a school plagued by bad parking problems, I don’t think you can fairly comment about a situation that has become intolerable for many residents.

Of course, phrases such as spy cameras and Big Brother is watching are guaranteed to get the hackles rising, but the parking habits of some parents are truly unbelievable, sometimes dangerous and definitely antisocial.

Bad school parking has gone unchallenged for far too long and has led to a culture where some parents think it is their right to ignore road safety markings or park on or across residents’ driveways.

So as a victim of bad parking and the associated stress, I think it comes down to “if you aren’t doing anything wrong, why should you worry about camera cars?”

I believe CYC decided to opt for camera cars because they cannot afford traffic patrols to operate regularly outside every school. The parents’ parking promise launched last month does include some of the suggestions mentioned in your comment. However, I don’t believe the softly-softly approach will work.

All anyone is asking is for parents to observe road markings which are there to ensure the safety of children, and to be mindful and respectful of residents by keeping driveways clear. This may mean walking a little further but is that really such a big ask?

L Phillips, York.

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12:56pm Thu 3 Apr 14

gmsgop says...

Good luck if city of York wants to fine the hapless parents picking up kids from Park Grove school - the double yellow lines are invisible... Worn out, or covered in months of dead leaves and rubbish.... Oh and enjoy the terrible road surface all about the school - no doubt it doesn't reach the bar for repairing, even outside of a school." Never mind city of York council can continue to spend our taxes on their reckless vanity projects and foreign trips, with no accountability of course..
Good luck if city of York wants to fine the hapless parents picking up kids from Park Grove school - the double yellow lines are invisible... Worn out, or covered in months of dead leaves and rubbish.... Oh and enjoy the terrible road surface all about the school - no doubt it doesn't reach the bar for repairing, even outside of a school." Never mind city of York council can continue to spend our taxes on their reckless vanity projects and foreign trips, with no accountability of course.. gmsgop
  • Score: 2

10:48pm Thu 3 Apr 14

SB Dubs says...

I live near an extremely popular junior school which has just had a large extension and freshly painted double yellow lines painted on the main road and around the corner to my street. However when I drove home from work the other morning at 8.50am many cars were parked on these lines illegally and blocking the road as usual. I hope the snooper van comes along here one morning to catch them as for years we have been complaining to the council about cars parking making it impossible to see round the corner and having to make dangerous manoeuvres when swinging out onto the main road
I live near an extremely popular junior school which has just had a large extension and freshly painted double yellow lines painted on the main road and around the corner to my street. However when I drove home from work the other morning at 8.50am many cars were parked on these lines illegally and blocking the road as usual. I hope the snooper van comes along here one morning to catch them as for years we have been complaining to the council about cars parking making it impossible to see round the corner and having to make dangerous manoeuvres when swinging out onto the main road SB Dubs
  • Score: 4

1:19am Fri 4 Apr 14

Magicman! says...

A 'softly softly' approach will never fully work, because in every group of people there is always the "I'll do what I want"'s... Before Coppergate had the ANPR cameras installed that issued fines to people driving along there illegally, the road had previously been shut to private cars for somewhere in the region of 2 decades - and yet between 3pm to 5pm buses only made up about 40% of the traffic waiting to turn from Coppergate into Nessage, the rest would be private cars using the road illegally. Likewise if you walk through the city centre, especially on a saturday, you will see the odd cyclist riding the wrong way down a one-way street within the pedestrianised area. And also if you ride your bike on the north side of Water Lane where the pavement has become a dedicated 'cycles-only' route, 3 out of every 5 times you use it you will come across a pedestrian walking along there who doesn't understand the concept of "cycles ONLY"....
... The common denominator of all these violations of the rules is simple: LACK OF ENFORCEMENT. Within 2-3 weeks of ANPR cameras being switched on in Coppergate, the number of vehicles going along there illegally had been cut back drastically. And I bet if every street corner in the pedestrianised area of the city centre had a plain-clothes police officer who issued fines to every chav he caught riding a bike through there then cycling in pedestrian-only times would be severely cut back too.

A certain element of people will break the law if they know they can get away with it.
A 'softly softly' approach will never fully work, because in every group of people there is always the "I'll do what I want"'s... Before Coppergate had the ANPR cameras installed that issued fines to people driving along there illegally, the road had previously been shut to private cars for somewhere in the region of 2 decades - and yet between 3pm to 5pm buses only made up about 40% of the traffic waiting to turn from Coppergate into Nessage, the rest would be private cars using the road illegally. Likewise if you walk through the city centre, especially on a saturday, you will see the odd cyclist riding the wrong way down a one-way street within the pedestrianised area. And also if you ride your bike on the north side of Water Lane where the pavement has become a dedicated 'cycles-only' route, 3 out of every 5 times you use it you will come across a pedestrian walking along there who doesn't understand the concept of "cycles ONLY".... ... The common denominator of all these violations of the rules is simple: LACK OF ENFORCEMENT. Within 2-3 weeks of ANPR cameras being switched on in Coppergate, the number of vehicles going along there illegally had been cut back drastically. And I bet if every street corner in the pedestrianised area of the city centre had a plain-clothes police officer who issued fines to every chav he caught riding a bike through there then cycling in pedestrian-only times would be severely cut back too. A certain element of people will break the law if they know they can get away with it. Magicman!
  • Score: 2

11:10am Fri 4 Apr 14

old_geezer says...

"walk a little further" - what an outrageous suggestion! For all you know I might have a bad heart. And emphysema. Suppose it's raining, what am I supposed to do then? And I'll only be a couple of minutes, why are you so hot under the collar? Anyway, if all these other parents would move on I wouldn't be forced to block your driveway ...
"walk a little further" - what an outrageous suggestion! For all you know I might have a bad heart. And emphysema. Suppose it's raining, what am I supposed to do then? And I'll only be a couple of minutes, why are you so hot under the collar? Anyway, if all these other parents would move on I wouldn't be forced to block your driveway ... old_geezer
  • Score: 0

12:36pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Ninja9 says...

I used to live near a school - never again.
On one occasion, I asked a Chelsea Tractor driver who was preventing egress from my driveway if she could move along a little so I could get out. She told me very aggressively, "I have parked in this exact spot for years and it has never been a problem before, therefore I do not believe that it is a problem now".
So her car remained until she wanted to move it.
On another occasion, my neighbour went into labour and a car was parked right across her driveway so her husband couldn't get out to take her to the labour ward. It was her fourth child and things suddenly started moving along a little quickly and we were on the verge of calling 999 for an ambulance. Luckily the driver came back then and got an earful.
I used to live near a school - never again. On one occasion, I asked a Chelsea Tractor driver who was preventing egress from my driveway if she could move along a little so I could get out. She told me very aggressively, "I have parked in this exact spot for years and it has never been a problem before, therefore I do not believe that it is a problem now". So her car remained until she wanted to move it. On another occasion, my neighbour went into labour and a car was parked right across her driveway so her husband couldn't get out to take her to the labour ward. It was her fourth child and things suddenly started moving along a little quickly and we were on the verge of calling 999 for an ambulance. Luckily the driver came back then and got an earful. Ninja9
  • Score: 0

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