Almost every time we walk along the A30 service road, we warn a driver – perhaps more than one – that they are about to park in the ‘permit only’ section. We were a bit too late a few days ago, but we took a photo of the consequences.
Now we don’t blame the enforcement officers; they’re only doing their job. But clearly something is wrong. If the county council’s objective is to keep those spaces available for resident with permits, then the the council is failing completely. Obviously, it’s the drivers who are ‘at fault’ for not looking at the nearby signs which warn explicitly that the short stretch of road is permit-only. But when there’s a row of parked cars ahead, it’s easy for a stranger to assume that it’s ok to join them.
We have NEVER seen it said officially that it is against traffic regulations to paint ‘Permits Only’ in big white letters on the roadway. Until we know that this is the case, we will feel that the county council is not doing everything reasonable to protect innocent motorists – and to provide the service for which permit-holders have paid.
We’ll send our county councillors a link to this article, and ask for their views. We’ll publish the outcome.
(If you look between the two enforcement officers and just in front of them, you’ll see that there’s a metal post in the pavement. It serves no useful purpose; it’s just street clutter. It’s been like that for years. Maybe some of money collected through parking fines could be spent on removing it??)