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A school run mum blocked the driveway then refused to move when asked to

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DillyDallyDayDream Sun 25-Nov-12 16:35:19

I work a few doors down from a school/preschool as a nanny. The house has a doubled dropped kerb and double driveway.
I'd dropped my charge off at school and was getting the younger ones into the car when one of the preschool mums parked her huge 4x4 across the dropped kerb of the house I work in.
I asked her politely to move her car as I was going out and told her she can't legally block the driveway. She got quite arsey saying that she was late and there was no where else to park.
Was I being unreasonable to ask her to move??
Was I being unreasonable to report her to the local pcso after school whilst they were monitoring the parking?

jazzcat28 Sun 25-Nov-12 16:36:04


funkybuddah Sun 25-Nov-12 16:37:35

YANBU school run parents ned to remember they dont actually have any priority, if you want a parking space leave earlier or walk from a further space (I now await a million anecdotes as to why people have to park like idiots)

Redstockingswillstopsanta Sun 25-Nov-12 16:37:38

YANBU,can't stand the parking next to school,most people could walk but can't be bothered.

hjtunny Sun 25-Nov-12 16:37:48

YANBU it is illegal to block a driveway if there is a car parked on it as far as I'm aware. I would've done the same.

JackThePumpkinKing Sun 25-Nov-12 16:37:54

Oh crap, you said 4x4 <puts on tin hat>

UsedToBeAContender Sun 25-Nov-12 16:38:16

No you aren't being unreasonable but I don't see what the fact that she has a 4x4 has to do with anything other than trying to sterotype her.

LtEveDallas Sun 25-Nov-12 16:39:13

No and no. It's not your problem she was late, and it's not your problem that there wasn't any parking available.

Hopefully the PSCO has sorted.

RedHelenB Sun 25-Nov-12 16:39:18

If it had a double dropped kerb surely there was room to get out??

pepperrabbit Sun 25-Nov-12 16:39:31

Could you have got past if it was an itsy bitsy mini?

DillyDallyDayDream Sun 25-Nov-12 16:39:57

Stated she had a 4x4 to show the size of her car.

trixie123 Sun 25-Nov-12 16:41:07

presumably the 4x4 reference was to explain why it blocked the double dropped kerb?

DillyDallyDayDream Sun 25-Nov-12 16:41:33

I was parked on the side of the drive she had blocked, in order to get off using the other half I'd have to have driven on the grassy bit and then reversed out when I was unable to see traffic

UsedToBeAContender Sun 25-Nov-12 16:41:44

You could have just said her huge car.

MrsSpencerReid Sun 25-Nov-12 16:41:47

People regularly park in front of my parents garage, the same car kept doing it so when they needed the blocked in car out of the garage they rang the police who towed it!! Maybe next time she refuses tell her you'll get it moved for her as she doesn't have time herself wink

Strawhatpirate Sun 25-Nov-12 16:42:56


marjproops Sun 25-Nov-12 16:43:51

OP in your defence you said it was a 4x4 because it WAS a 4x4, not a ford whatever or vauxhall whatever, and I get exactly the same prob, Ive tried being polite but firm, and also Ive threatened to call police AND report her to the school at the end of the road and lo and behold, 5 mins later there was a huge scratch down the side of my car in my driveway, so not only parking in front of a drive with a huge ''DO NOT PARRK DRIVEWAY IN CONSTANT USE- AND- DISABLED sign there too, but actually entering my front garden (cant prove it was her but seems very co-incidental on same day 5 mins after i went back in). neighbours do the same with their worktruck and im sick of reporting them and nothing being done.

BluelightsAndSirens Sun 25-Nov-12 16:44:01

No ywnu I hate our school run with a passion, some parents show such a selfish and inconsiderate nature on the school run.

Parking outside the school on the zig zags and driving to fast angry

I even had one mum complaining that the house 2 doors down from the school were having their driveway redone and the work vans were taking up to much space on the road outside the occupants house.

mrskeithrichards Sun 25-Nov-12 16:46:44

As long as it's a proper drive yanbu.

SauvignonBlanche Sun 25-Nov-12 16:48:15

Cheeky mare!

Wishfulmakeupping Sun 25-Nov-12 16:57:55


GhostShip Sun 25-Nov-12 17:02:32

You could have just said her huge car

Stop being a touchy arse. We're all adults, lets call a spade a spade.

GroupieGirl Sun 25-Nov-12 17:09:21

Don't you mean a non-specific digging device?

SofaKing Sun 25-Nov-12 17:10:23

This drives me mad, I live in the same street as a school and it's as if I have no right to use the road at all.

I was crossing the road outside my house with my 3 dc and a dad parked right in front of us as we stood at the kerb. We had to stand back to make way for his car, and he just got out and started unloading his child while we shuffled along the pavement to walk round his car and cross over. I didn't say anything because I was gobsmacked at how rude he'd been, but if he does it again I will.

I would agree notifying police is a good idea, especially if they are monitoring parking they are obviously interested in clamping down on illegal parking. Hope they catch her and have a word with her, there are never any agencies monitoring parking next to my school, and the teachers have to patrol the internal road in school to stop parents parking in the teachers' car park!

GhostShip Sun 25-Nov-12 17:10:45

Groupie grin

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