Warning issued to inconsiderate drivers in Chard

CLLR Jill Shortland next to a vehicle part-parked on the pavement.

CLLR Jill Shortland next to a vehicle part-parked on the pavement.

First published in News Yeovil Express: Photograph of the Author by

A WARNING has been issued to drivers in Chard that parking illegally could cause serious injury - or worse.

Response officer PC Chris Williams has noticed a serious problem with vehicles parking on the pelican crossings in High Street and Fore Street.

Despite the offence being punishable with a £100 fine and three penalty points even after parking there for just a second, PC Williams has witnessed many instances.

He said: “Drivers seem to have no concern for the dangers of parking within the zig-zag area, and I can see it will end up with a serious injury to a pedestrian.

“You can’t see any traffic coming unless you’re in the middle of the road when someone’s parked there.

“Regarding deliveries, we appreciate that people have to do their jobs, but someone’s going to get seriously injured or worse, and most shops have delivery bays at the rear.

“Exceptions can be made in an emergency, but that doesn’t even cover breaking down or running out of petrol if it’s deemed avoidable.

“It doesn’t matter what excuse people give – the law says you can’t park there even for a second.

“It’s treated the same as other serious traffic offences, such as going through a red light, because it’s so dangerous.

“If you pass your driving test you should know the Highway Code, and it’s there in black and white.”

Cllr Jill Shortland, who represents Chard South on the county council, has received complaints about the problem and witnessed it at first hand.

Vehicles parked across part or all of the pavement can cause particular difficulties for vulnerable people, such as the elderly, the disabled and parents with pushchairs.

Cllr Shortland said: “The problem occurs during deliveries and for many other reasons, but drivers need to remember that though cars might be able to get through pedestrians might not be able to.

“You need to be aware that when you park there you may be preventing someone else from being able to pass on the pavement, and they may be elderly or in a mobility scooter.

“It shouldn’t be necessary for people to go round parked vehicles, and I’m sure if drivers knew they were putting people at serious risk by forcing them into the path of oncoming drivers they wouldn’t park so thoughtlessly.”

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8:00am Fri 21 Feb 14

QuillPen says...

I'd like to see the same campaign in Ilminster.
Cars are so often parked on pavements.

Delivery vans often drive onto pavements and stop, even though there's no reason at all why they can't park on the road.

Builders etc. seem to think they can block pavements with their vehicles while working on a property.

We need a tough approach and reclaim the pavements for pedestrians.
I'd like to see the same campaign in Ilminster. Cars are so often parked on pavements. Delivery vans often drive onto pavements and stop, even though there's no reason at all why they can't park on the road. Builders etc. seem to think they can block pavements with their vehicles while working on a property. We need a tough approach and reclaim the pavements for pedestrians. QuillPen
  • Score: -12

11:01am Fri 21 Feb 14

David Pincombe says...

How can a motorist be fined for parking where he shouldn't in Chard, when you see dozens of cars parked on the pavement in Victoria Avenue every day, and their drivers are NEVER.fined or even warned,

Surely a parking offence is a parking offence!!!!!!!!!
How can a motorist be fined for parking where he shouldn't in Chard, when you see dozens of cars parked on the pavement in Victoria Avenue every day, and their drivers are NEVER.fined or even warned, Surely a parking offence is a parking offence!!!!!!!!! David Pincombe
  • Score: 7

12:03pm Fri 21 Feb 14

QuillPen says...

I'd be interested to hear why someone has given me a negative rating for objecting to vehicles parking on pavements.
I'd be interested to hear why someone has given me a negative rating for objecting to vehicles parking on pavements. QuillPen
  • Score: -9

5:11pm Fri 21 Feb 14

QuillPen says...

Intriguing that my score is fluctuating from plus to minus.

If you're pavement parkers, say so. I'd be interested to know why you disagree with me and think it's OK to use the pavement for parking your vehicle.
Intriguing that my score is fluctuating from plus to minus. If you're pavement parkers, say so. I'd be interested to know why you disagree with me and think it's OK to use the pavement for parking your vehicle. QuillPen
  • Score: -14

10:40pm Fri 21 Feb 14

QuillPen says...

Some people really are disagreeing. Do explain!
Some people really are disagreeing. Do explain! QuillPen
  • Score: -11

12:48pm Sat 22 Feb 14

QuillPen says...

Since I find it hard to believe that anyone condones parking on the pavement, I can only assume, that someone is amusing themself at my expense.

Carry on, if it makes you happy.
Since I find it hard to believe that anyone condones parking on the pavement, I can only assume, that someone is amusing themself at my expense. Carry on, if it makes you happy. QuillPen
  • Score: -13

10:00pm Sun 23 Feb 14

orchardman says...

If PC Williams has seen many instances of vehicles being parked on the zig zag markings of the pelican crossings, one assumes he has occasionally taken the few minutes necessary to issue a penalty notice, or at least have 'words of advice' for the driver who will almost certainly appear if he sees a policeman sniffing around his vehicle. No doubt the reason for not doing so is that it 'is the responsibility of the traffic enforcement officers' (an excuse I have heard a PCSO use on more than one occasion when challenged in similar situations) whom appear once in a blue moon. If, as PC Williams says, there is the potential for a serious accident both he, and the PCSO's should be enforcing as a matter of course with no excuses. The penalties for parking in this situation were upped a few years ago to deter offenders, but it is pointless if those empowered to do so don't enforce where necessary.
If PC Williams has seen many instances of vehicles being parked on the zig zag markings of the pelican crossings, one assumes he has occasionally taken the few minutes necessary to issue a penalty notice, or at least have 'words of advice' for the driver who will almost certainly appear if he sees a policeman sniffing around his vehicle. No doubt the reason for not doing so is that it 'is the responsibility of the traffic enforcement officers' (an excuse I have heard a PCSO use on more than one occasion when challenged in similar situations) whom appear once in a blue moon. If, as PC Williams says, there is the potential for a serious accident both he, and the PCSO's should be enforcing as a matter of course with no excuses. The penalties for parking in this situation were upped a few years ago to deter offenders, but it is pointless if those empowered to do so don't enforce where necessary. orchardman
  • Score: 8

7:04pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Bill-Chard says...

I have often taken photo's of drivers parked on these zig zags and passed them onto the police. Nothing happens. The main offenders (that I have seen) are taxi drivers "just dropping/picking someone up" and this happens a lot on the crossing outside Sainsbury's in Chard.
On the 'civilian' offenders it seems to be the elderly who are only stopping for five minutes.

THE ZIG ZAGS ARE THERE FOR SAFETY REASONS, WILL THE POLICEPLEASEENFORCE EVERY TIME THEY SEE THIS LAW BEING BROKEN! ZERO TOLERANCE!.
I have often taken photo's of drivers parked on these zig zags and passed them onto the police. Nothing happens. The main offenders (that I have seen) are taxi drivers "just dropping/picking someone up" and this happens a lot on the crossing outside Sainsbury's in Chard. On the 'civilian' offenders it seems to be the elderly who are only stopping for five minutes. THE ZIG ZAGS ARE THERE FOR SAFETY REASONS, WILL THE POLICEPLEASEENFORCE EVERY TIME THEY SEE THIS LAW BEING BROKEN! ZERO TOLERANCE!. Bill-Chard
  • Score: 1

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