AIBU in thinking you shouldn't park across a dropped kerb?

(38 Posts)
janey68 Sat 23-Nov-13 09:59:45

On behalf of an elderly relative. She lives on a residential street where parking is a nightmare. Most houses are terraced with no off road parking, interspersed with a few houses which do have their own driveways. It seems that a number of residents with driveways have taken to parking not on their drive but across the dropped kerb in front, presumably because they are anxious about getting blocked in or because it means a tight turn to get out. My relative sometimes uses a wheelchair and its a nightmare trying to cross the street when the dropped kerbs are blocked. It must be a total pain for people with prams too. She doesn't feel she can complain because the culprits are the owners of the driveway; therefore they aren't blocking anyone else in or out of a drive. But to my mind that's not the point - surely no one can obstruct a dropped Kerb? I appreciate it must be a pain if you've ever been blocked into your driveway but surely these owners should park further along if they want to park on road?

allmycats Sat 23-Nov-13 12:01:17

I can understand people parking on the road outside their own drives, this week I have been blocked in 3 times by people parking across my drive way.

TrueToYou Sat 23-Nov-13 12:03:20

This happened with my neighbours, I could never get my pram out. I rang the council, and they sent so money out to paint H Bars at the kerb.
It worked! They rarely block the path anymore. (their visitors, however.....)

TrueToYou Sat 23-Nov-13 12:04:16

Sent someone not some money, sorry, new keyboard app! smile

Tiredmumno1 Sat 23-Nov-13 12:18:00

Yes enrique smile I was talking about in front of a driveway, not actually blocking the pavement, although the wardens don't care that cars do that either, even when you can't fit a buggy down the pavement, due to selfish sods parked on the pavement who don't care. The wardens just shrug their shoulders and refuse to ticket confused.

Tiredmumno1 Sat 23-Nov-13 12:20:00

The police also have the same attitude, they say that they won't get involved in cars being illegally blocked in, or the cars on the pavements, doubly confused.

silverten Sat 23-Nov-13 12:22:14

No the payment to drop the kerb was a bit of a red herring- just saying that the drop might be there as a direct result of the parkers, not that they bought the right to obstruct it.

LustyBusty Sat 23-Nov-13 18:37:25

OP, have you and/or the wheelchair user mentioned this to the people blocking the kerb? I ask this because i occasionally park blocking my drives dropped kerb instead of in the drive and it would never have occurred to me that someone might need to use it for crossing road etc, however if it was mentioned to me, I would definitely avoid doing it if possible!

LustyBusty Sat 23-Nov-13 18:43:46

OP, have you and/or the wheelchair user mentioned this to the people blocking the kerb? I ask this because i occasionally park blocking my drives dropped kerb instead of in the drive and it would never have occurred to me that someone might need to use it for crossing road etc, however if it was mentioned to me, I would definitely avoid doing it if possible!

Depends. Our neighbours across the road have dropped kerbs. One of them uses their drive so I'd never park over it. The house next door has never ever used their drive in the 10 years we've lived here. In fact I couldn't tell you who lives there so everyone parks over it and there has never been a problem.

Have never heard of a dropped kerb over a drive being there for pedestrians. No one has ever mentioned it.

LetZygonsbeZygons Sat 23-Nov-13 18:51:31

highway code article 243.

sorry cant work out how to do links.

and ive put this on peoples windscreens whwen they do it to me.

LadyMedea Sat 23-Nov-13 18:53:52

If it's a dropped curb for driveway access it isn't there to facilitate wheelchair access, that's just a bonus. So YABU.

K8Middleton Sat 23-Nov-13 18:56:06

Gosh this drives me bonkers. There is a dropped curb near me for pedestrian use in a residential area. It has double yellows next to it to indicate no parking. There is on street parking next to this curb but still selfish fuckers park there and then sit in the car and think that's ok because they can drive away if a warden comes. Never mind anyone with a buggy or wheelchair can't cross the sodding road angry On more than one occasion complete berks have parked there while I have been waiting to cross the road leaving me stranded next to their car which I then have to walk round angry angry One day I will "accidentally" scratch one with my buggy.

Not that any of that is relevant other than to say I feel your pain but what you need are double yellows by the dropped curb parking is allowed. Could you ask the council to put some double yellows on?

K8Middleton Sat 23-Nov-13 20:40:01

Clearly I have been watching too much Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Kerb. Tsk.

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