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Because we all love a parking thread... AIBU to think you don't park an articulated lorry in a residential cul-de-sac?

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Taz1212 Wed 03-Jun-15 21:57:57

So I arrived home this afternoon to find that I couldn't turn left into our cul-de-sac because one of the residents has decided to park his articulated lorry in a parking bay large enough for one additional car (a car was already at the top end of it). His top half is completely covering the path and his rear end is so far out into the road that you have to either reverse into the cul-de-sac or drive past it, turn around in the road and approach it from the other direction.

He's been parking a large work van in the parking bay for the past few weeks (against the rules in our title deeds which state no commercial vehicles are to be parked overnight in the parking bays) but the van appears to have morphed overnight into this monster.

I don't think there's anything that can be done- I don't know where they live, but AIBU to think this is a bit nuts?

(Will attach photos in the next post- have blurred them so you can't read the details but thought I'd separate the posts in case anyone does think they are identifying)

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 03-Jun-15 21:59:16

YANBU and it is quite likely that it invalidates his vehicle insurance to do so as well.

Report it.

Taz1212 Wed 03-Jun-15 22:00:06

First photo shows the parking on the path, second shows the big red thing sticking out the back which is causing an obstruction to the cul-de-sac.

MayDivorceBeWithYou Wed 03-Jun-15 22:01:56

There is a weight limit for parking in residential areas. Report, I think to dvla or possibly vosa ? Ring council too.

ghostyslovesheep Wed 03-Jun-15 22:02:28

what a prick

you are very definitely NBU

MayDivorceBeWithYou Wed 03-Jun-15 22:03:07

Wow .Mega piss taker !

IrianofWay Wed 03-Jun-15 22:07:08

Does the lorry have one of those helpful messages on the back 'Driven considerately? Please call xxxx xxxxxxx!'. If so ring it and tell them NO!

We used to live in a terraced cul-de-sac and people were always parking transits and the like outside the front of the house and basically cutting off the sunlight and the view! But there was no law to say they shouldn't. But this is actually obstructing the road and causing a hazard.

Unbelievably thoughtless.

RobotHamster Wed 03-Jun-15 22:07:17

Just wondering if 111 could help. Surely it's blocking potential emergency services access

WhatHappensNextNow Wed 03-Jun-15 22:12:59

That's crazy!

BlackeyedSusan Wed 03-Jun-15 22:14:04

it looks abandoned to me... are you sure you are not tempted to report it to the police as abandoned?

<innocent whistling>

PatriciaHolm Wed 03-Jun-15 22:15:16

Highway code 250:

Cars, goods vehicles not exceeding 1525 kg unladen weight, invalid carriages, motorcycles and pedal cycles may be parked without lights on a road (or lay-by) with a speed limit of 30 mph (48 km/h) or less if they are:

at least 10 metres (32 feet) away from any junction, close to the kerb and facing in the direction of the traffic flow
in a recognised parking place or lay-by.
Other vehicles and trailers, and all vehicles with projecting loads, MUST NOT be left on a road at night without lights.

In other words, he can't park there without leaving his lights on. If he leaves his lights on overnight, he will wake up to a flat battery; ergo, he can't park there. And the code says MUST NOT, so that's not advisory, it's an offence. I'd call 101 and explain.

Fluffcake Wed 03-Jun-15 23:03:58

YANBU!
Phone council? Leave snotty note on lorry? Cannot believe the audacity of some peopleconfused

spidermanswoman Wed 03-Jun-15 23:08:39

My dp was a lorry driver and he says this driver is a knob. Call the police non emergency number and tell them that there's an obstruction in the road caused by this dreadful parking.

Or call the company the lorry belongs to. I get that drivers need to park up somewhere but this is not the place.

Can you Chuck a cat up a tree and then call the fire brigade?

Fatmomma99 Wed 03-Jun-15 23:11:54

Some suggestions:

Ring non emergency police number and report it as stolen.

Ring council and report it as abandoned.

Ring company and report it as abandoned and stolen.

Loosen the wheel nuts.

Slash the tires.

Kick it!

Allbymyselfagain Wed 03-Jun-15 23:13:07

spider just had a chuckle at the thought of all the neighbours trying gently to throw their cats in a tree. Easily amused me grin

Def call non emergency what if an ambulance is needed tonight.

IAmAShitHotLawyer Wed 03-Jun-15 23:14:46

No vehicle is allowed to park on the pavement whatever size the vehicle is.

IAmAShitHotLawyer Wed 03-Jun-15 23:16:38

OP are you in Worcestershire?

MrsEvadneCake Wed 03-Jun-15 23:22:45

Call the company and complain and 101 for advice. Trouble is if he reached his driving hours for the day it can't be moved legally by him. So the company would need tiger a driver with hours left to move it.

(The red thing on the back is a Moffat/ forklift)

DisappointedOne Thu 04-Jun-15 01:15:04

Other vehicles and trailers, and all vehicles with projecting loads, MUST NOT be left on a road at night without lights.

Not at all clear from that whether it's the road or the vehicle that must have lights (i suspect the former).

DisappointedOne Thu 04-Jun-15 01:15:44

No vehicle is allowed to park on the pavement whatever size the vehicle is.

Depends where you are. Perfectly legal here.

Taz1212 Thu 04-Jun-15 06:42:29

Ha, I didn't think IWBU and am glad others agree! DH did phone 101 last night but they were very busy and it was low priority (in theory, you can get into the cul-de-sac, you just need to reverse in or turn in the road and approach from the other direction) so they didn't have anyone they could send out. However, I am going to contact the company this morning and I suspect other neighbours will as well.

Madness!

42andGaffaTape Thu 04-Jun-15 07:24:48

robotHampster not to sure what the NHS could do? grin

FruChristerOla Thu 04-Jun-15 07:36:13

Gordon Bennett, Taz shock; your parking thread wins grin

ZombieApocalypse Thu 04-Jun-15 07:44:27

Pavement parking allowed where I live too.

Mil had a problem with HA workers parking lorries on the road outside her and their house, usually several lorries at a time as it was a house share. She got onto the council about it, IIRC there are regs about parking commercial vehicles in residential areas.

TTWK Thu 04-Jun-15 09:01:44

YANBU and it is quite likely that it invalidates his vehicle insurance to do so as well.

Don't know where you got this info from, but it's wrong.

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