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Parking on the kerb??

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julezboo · 02/01/2007 14:25

Hiya all

I had just put my foot in the bath when somebody knocked on the door, I wasnt expecting anywayso tried to ignore it and keep on relaxing in my bath. However they kept knocking! So i got out and it was one of my neighbours, he told me that someone has complained about everyone on this road parking on the kerb and the police are driving up and down Id best move it if we didnt want a fine or something

As far as Im aware, parking on the kerb here is a normality, we live on a main road, there is about 15 houses in a row, ok so we have 2 cars, Im pretty sure some of the other families do too, infact once family has 4, one each for the parent and each of their grown up children has a car! We have always parked on the kerb. I wasnt aware that it was illegal tbh. Is it?

Ive moved my car and so did everyone else. I always parked next to the lampost anyway so plenty of space to walk past.

Is it illegal to park a little bit on the kerb? the path leads to no where its just a path that goes from one end of the row to the other. We live in a valley so there really inst anywhere else to park!!

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twelveweekstomaternityleave · 02/01/2007 14:36

Highway code 218: DO NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, the visually impaired and people with prams or pushchairs.

So I guess your neighbour is right, but TBH, I can't imagine the police would bother about it unless you were an actual obstruction.

pooka · 02/01/2007 14:44

Here you'd get a parking fine from the local Council.

Unless there's a dropped pavement normal kerbs and pavements aren't specially reinforced to take the weight of cars bumping up and down them. So paving stones can get cracked and the kerbstones can come away from the pavement which is a hazard for people parking on the roadside. Also, while you might have consideration for pavement users, others might not, and it gets really tricky if you start saying "x amount on the pavement is OK". So it's a fundamental rule.

sandcastles · 02/01/2007 14:45

Grrrr, the amount of times I have had to take dd on the road either in the buggy, or walking because people park on the kurb!

Just because the whole street do it, doesn't make it right.

fruitful · 02/01/2007 14:49

Well yes its illegal. We live in a cul-de-sac and if you park on the road, delivery vans can't get past to the houses at the end. So we all park half on the pavement. And my neighbour and I push our prams in the road. Actually, everyone walks in the road, cos it curves and it takes at least 5 seconds longer on the footpath. Bunch of lawbreakers, thats us.

julezboo · 02/01/2007 14:58

They just knocked and told everyone on the block to keep off the kerb! Even knocked at the man who complained, who kicked up a right fuss because his legs hurt walking that bit further!

I have sciatica and SPD and I dont complain, was just annoyed my bath got interupted twice LOL

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jalopy · 02/01/2007 19:46

It is illegal. Traffic wardens sometimes use motorbikes to do 'surprise' visits. They also take a photo of the car as evidence before issuing the fine.

ESSgonnaBEEafabnewyear · 02/01/2007 19:49

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charliecat · 02/01/2007 19:52

What lines are those essbee? Never heard of them!!??!

DoesntChristmasDragOn · 02/01/2007 19:55

They paint 1/2 width parking bays on the pavement and have a sign with a car parked up on the kerb showing you can park there. Another sign with the car crossed out tells youw here the zone ends.

charliecat · 02/01/2007 20:18

Never seen least I will know what to look for now

ESSgonnaBEEafabnewyear · 02/01/2007 21:01

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Hideehi · 03/01/2007 19:39

I once actually got blocked in my own home by some tosser parking on the pavement and the police couldn't be bothered to come out and sort it so I'd feel very unlucky if you got a fine.

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