Selfish drivers who park on pavements are being urged to think before they stop.
A frustrated Examiner reader took these pictures to shame drivers into changing their habits.
The 55-year-old man, who asked not to be named, got fed up of seeing cars and vans straddling the pavements on his daily walk or cycle from home in Thongsbridge to work in Honley.
He snapped these offending vehicles in New Mill Road, Brockholes, over several days last week.
The man, a keen motorist himself, said he didn’t want the drivers fined or prosecuted but just wanted them to think about the danger they were causing.
“I don’t think people do this on purpose,” he said. “It’s more about being selfish or thoughtless but if no one points it out they will keep doing it.”
The man said he realised drivers wanted to keep off the road as much as possible to protect their cars from damage but added: “For me it goes too far when you see cars parked almost entirely on the pavement.
“I don’t mind them putting their wheels on the kerb but if there’s no gap for people to get round then it’s wrong.
“You can’t have people in wheelchairs or mums with pushchairs having to go into the road.”
The last straw was when he saw a driving instructor’s car three-quarters on the pavement blocking it for pedestrians.
“I don’t think drivers do this deliberately and it’s more a matter of education,” he said.
“In this country once you pass your driving test that’s it, there’s no more training.
“How can people who passed their test 30 or 40 years ago expect to be up-to-date with the latest laws of the road? There should be a refresher course.
“When I saw the driving school car that did it for me. They should be setting a good example.”
The man hadn’t reported any of the drivers to police and said: “I don’t want to get anyone into trouble but if someone clamped them or issued fines they would make a lot of money.”
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said parking on pavements could be deemed as “obstruction of the highway” and be an offence under the Highways Act 1980, Town Police Clauses Act 1847 or the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 depending on the circumstances.
He added: “Anyone who does have concerns about parking and feels it may be causing a real disruption or danger to residents should contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.”
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