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To not want school run mums to park accross my drive..............

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CwtchesAndCuddles Fri 01-Feb-13 17:34:18

I need to vent.

We live very close to dds primary school on the main road through a villiage. There is plenty of parking but very little right by the school because of safety - school zigzags, single yellow lines etc.

There is a yellow line outside my house and residents parking on the other side of the road(terraced houses without drives) the houses my side all have drives and we all use them.

This morning there were two cars blocking mine and my neighbours drive - why do people think they can do this? Just park a bit further along the roadwhere there is space and WALK the extra 100 meters!!!

Don't get me started on the ones who park on the pavement so that people with pushchairs have to walk in the road......................or the ones who pull up blocking my drive to drop off as I'm trying to pull out.

What happens to people on the school run????

marjproops Fri 01-Feb-13 19:33:09

okay, so Im daft .

(having a disabled child and a million signs on gate emphasising that its a disabilty drive .)and child cant walk much.

So that makes it okay for nutters to park there. nutters who CAN walk that little extra bit. and have total disregard for anyone. and disrepect for disabled people.


pinkpetrol Fri 01-Feb-13 19:39:56

We have this problem at the school where i work. Our neighbours were rightly getting really angry. I gave them the number of parking control at the local council and the parking wardens came a few times. But cutbacks mean the police wont come- not even when a parent drove his car at our caretaker! So now i patrol the street outside the school ensuring our neighbour's drives arent blocked or parked on or both. All four foot ten of me every morning seems to have sorted that problem and our neighbours are really appreciate the effort we are making.

harbingerofdoom Fri 01-Feb-13 19:48:07

Margproops not you but the silly bu**ers that thought up the rules.

andubelievedthat Fri 01-Feb-13 19:52:26

agree withPurple2012, anything you put on the windscreen is dangerous re driving>stupidly , if driver were to drive off without removing visual obstruction and be involved in a rta, trust me, u would find yourself in court , charged. A college in Glasgow, during the 80"s pasted a polite but firm notice to my car"s side window as i had mistakenly parked where i shouldn"t have, and i reckon they must have had the paste made up in a weirdo science lab ! it took me hours (really) to remove that notice< it certainly got the message firmly fixed to my "where not to park in Glasgow" bit of brain.

Bearmonkeysmum Fri 01-Feb-13 19:55:37

I get school parking rage nearly everyday. We live in a little cul de sac right next to the village school & the entrance to the road is at a right angle to the school gate. People used to regularly use our drive, block us in or park right up to our front window (I do mean right up, front wheels on the path to front door which runs underneath the front window). A call to the the HT & police stopped this eventually.

The problems we have now are that idiots park on both sides of the road or across the entrance to the road so you either can't get out or in. It happened when I was heavily pregnant & needed to pop home for my notes & then off to the midwife but couldn't get into the road as someone had parked diagonally across the entrance & was sat in their car waiting for their little gem to finish school. When I asked them to move as I needed to get into the road I was told I shouldn't try to get into a road where there was obviously no parking available. I politely pointed out there was parking available & was told dont be so fucking stupid, I can't see any. I then heaved myself & v large bump out of the car, pointed down the road & said "my driveway". The arsehole then grudgingly agreed to move but told me I should be more considerate to others & come home at a more reasonable time!! Unsurprisingly my Bp was quite high when I got to MW!

MortifiedAdams Fri 01-Feb-13 19:55:39

Theres a school at the top of my street and a year ago they made the whole area Permit Parking and gave someone with a serious chip on his shoulder the job of Attendant. I love him.

Could you suggest something similar to your local council?

marjproops Fri 01-Feb-13 20:00:32

harbinger-my apologies, I thought you were getting at ME!

get enough of that already with poor DC. hug for you then!! ;-)

And you're right, silly bu*****ers them lot.

WorriedMummy73 Fri 01-Feb-13 20:01:15

When we had the snow recently I was walking to the bus stop with my kids and a woman parked on the pavement started to pull off into the road (so obviously not watching the pavement side). The front of her car missed my youngest by inches and the back swung towards my older son, so I banged on the back of her car to make her stop. She actually pulled up alongside the bus stop and said 'I was fully in control you stupid bitch' then drove off. My kids were flabbergasted. So was I for that matter. Some people are just unbelievably arrogant and self-centered - to think that some of these are raising children truly frightens me!

BoffinMum Fri 01-Feb-13 20:10:44

I've got mobility problems, a blue badge, and when I am having trouble walking, I sometimes park completely legally on a public road near the station, not on a line or anything, not blocking a driveway, and there are very few cars parked on that long road and plenty of space for about fifty additional cars others. In other words, I am not in anyone's way at all.

Some nutjob keeps writing all over my car telling me not to park there, because they have decided this public road is their road because they happen to live there.

I am very pissed off.

justmyview Fri 01-Feb-13 20:17:56

take photos of offending cars clearly blocking your drive and email to police? I suspect they couldn't issue tickets based on your photo, but might enable them to write to the offender warning them off

harbingerofdoom Fri 01-Feb-13 20:18:24

Margproops-so glad to hear that the impatient drivers backed you up.

What happened? Did they apologise or did you get a mouthful?

Can you get a disabled space painted on the road, or even a yellow line?

harbingerofdoom Fri 01-Feb-13 20:19:50

Sorry, rushing again. What happened to the blocker?

marjproops Fri 01-Feb-13 20:26:02

I told blocker Id phone police next time, but what the other drivers were saying was sufficient enough! she didnt even apologise, drove off with middle finger up at all of us. btw its a dropped kerb too.

We're actually moving soon so hopefully won't get this agin. It hasnt happened since btw.

supposed to have a designated space where we're moving to so i hope to God it doesnt happen there!!!!

harbingerofdoom Fri 01-Feb-13 20:43:01

Oh,that's great, best of luck in your new home.

Hope it's easier for you to manage.

marjproops Sat 02-Feb-13 18:06:01

Thanx harbinger.

OP, hope you get it sorted too soon.

MoreCrackThanHarlem Sat 02-Feb-13 18:18:01

From the Highway Code section 243

DO NOT stop or park
near a school entrance
anywhere you would prevent access for Emergency Services
at or near a bus or tram stop or taxi rank
on the approach to a level crossing/tramway crossing
opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space
near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
opposite a traffic island or (if this would cause an obstruction) another parked vehicle
where you would force other traffic to enter a tram lane
where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles
in front of an entrance to a property
on a bend
where you would obstruct cyclists’ use of cycle facilities except when forced to do so by stationary traffic

Tailtwister Sat 02-Feb-13 18:26:45

YANBU, it's really unnecessary and only serves to irritate the residents affected.

I have come to the conclusion that there will always be selfish, self centred people who put their own needs before others. Sometimes it's due to stupidity and other times they are fully aware of the inconvenience they are causing, but choose to do so anyway. DS1's school is full of them. Parking over driveways, on zig zags, the lot.

marjproops Sat 02-Feb-13 18:34:47

OP, take what MoreCrack said and quote Highway code section 243 to the school, AND maybe write HC section 243 on a paper and stick that on offending cars!!!!

In fact I may cut and paste that and do same thing! Lets all do it!

SofaKing Sat 02-Feb-13 18:48:17

Some great suggestions here, I might print off section 243 and paste it over every lampost in the street!
I live three doors away from the school; they have recently provided a one way system through my road for school users and a waiting section within the school.
People still park in my street, on one occasion right in front of me when I was waiting to cross with my DC.
They also run their engines as it is cold. This is illegal near schools under a bylaw in our county, and there were TV adverts last year about this. When I pointed it out to one mum she had no idea it was illegal (or that they clouds of choking smoke might be bad for the kids?)

I'm just so scared for the dc, last week ds2 who is 20 months broke his reins and ran a few steps into the road while I was locking the door. He isn't the only toddler to do this or the only child to cross without looking and the school run people just speed up the street without looking, or park without looking often on the kerb.

I wonder if it has occurred to any of them what they would feel if they hurt or killed a child?

bigbluebus Sat 02-Feb-13 18:49:38

I remember when DS was at our local Primary School, parking was always an issue. The footpath down from the school leads to a triangle around which people park. At the end of the triangle, you turn left onto the pavement.
I remember one day walking home with DS to find that someone (who had arrived late) had squeezed her car onto the end of the row and parked directly across the start of the pavement. The result of this was that as children walked down the footpath chatting to their friends, they just walked around her car to get onto the pavament, but in doing so, they were inadvertently walking out into the middle of the road and th eoncoming traffic. It is a wonder noone got run over.
I told DS to wait for me, whilst I stood next to her car and waited for her to return. I made her stand and watch what the children were doing and pointed out how bloody stupid she had been and how her parking could be responsible for the death or serious injury of a child. She 'apparently' hadn't realised! questions whether said woman had the intelligence to pass her driving test. SHe certainly never parked there again in my lifetime at the school, although I had seen her park in equally 'stupid' places around the local town. SOme people will never learn.

Snog Sat 02-Feb-13 18:51:06

The police will help you with this
But if someone parks on your actual drive they won't get involved...
Crazy mixed up world, eh?

diddl Sat 02-Feb-13 18:56:14

Is it right that it´s OK to block an empty drive?

My Dad has a garage, so the drive is always empty...

Dededum Sat 02-Feb-13 19:00:24

We live near the junior school and my boys walk home, usual stupid and dangerous parking, on bends, on pavements, chatting with doors open so blocking pavement.

Nice mum, who I like, met me at some do and said - "oh, nearly run A (9) over yesterday". Didn't know quite what to say, if you didn't park your gigantic 4x4 so stupidly or even parked further down the road or heavens above your kids walked the ten minutes home.... No it was my son's fault for having to negotiate the obstacle course of school pick up...

thebody Sat 02-Feb-13 19:20:32

Gosh.. Key the car... Obviously ensure you aren't seen..

dangly131 Sat 02-Feb-13 19:21:00

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