OVER the years we have come to treat parking on the pavement – something I consider to be an obvious danger – as something that just happens as a matter of course.
Let’s check the obvious. Firstly, parking on the footpath is, in fact, an offence; secondly, obstruction of the footpath is a another offence; both committed by the same vehicle at the same time, both of which would or should receive a fine.
Thirdly, we have the more dangerous offence for the driver. That is criminal damage to the footpath. Nowadays we have Police Community Support Officers as well as road traffic officers. They should be able to issue tickets to get this danger alleviated.
Most pedestrians have to cope with this problem, but why should they? Elderly people, young mothers with prams having to walk out into the roadway, people who are blind, the list could go on.
Let’s have a decisive re-action from the police and have this routine banished. Let’s get cars and lorries back on the roadway, not on the pavement.