|Posted on Tuesday, 21 March, 2006 - 03:32 pm: |
I know this is not just a local issue but do others get as anoyed as me by the following two
1. Parking on the pavement. I cannot see any excuse for this and this is often a major haz for blind and handicapped people. Also I believe that the act of driving on and of the pavement does more damage to the paved area than anything else.
2. Parking , especially at night the wrong way round. I was always told it was the law to park the same direction as the traffic flow. As we know in the dark there are very good reasons for this.
I am amazed that most people just seem to park which direction they arrive at the spot. When have you seen anyone prosecuted for this.
Maybe I am alone in my opinions ( would not be the first time. )
|Posted on Tuesday, 21 March, 2006 - 04:58 pm: |
Whilst I appreciate your chagrin, the reason people generally park on the pavement is because the road is too narrow and insufficient space will be left for traffic if they do not. The only way of preventing this is imposing restrictions on one side. Then you get even more people parking the wrong way round on the other...
I can't see a major problem with parking the wrong way round TBH. Parking on pavements can cause damage but much less than that done by heavy vehicles (yes, you the "Grease Monkey of Honor Oak Road"!).
|Posted on Tuesday, 21 March, 2006 - 09:31 pm: |
Doesn't the parking in the direction of the traffic flow go back to the dark ages of the highway code when I passed my test and you also had to leave your sidelights on? That must have resulted in untold numbers of flat batteries! It's the lorries on the pavements which cause the damage. It also depends where you are as to whether you need to park on the pavement. When estates like Bellingham were built not many people had cars, similarly over on the Honor Oak Estate, so now the only way you can get though them is if people park on the pavements. Never mind being prosecuted for parking the wrong way -I'm happy for anyone without an out of date tax disc to have their car taken away and crushed! And more on crushing - I noticed something recently that Southwark Council were crushing those annoying little mini-motor bikes. Perhaps I should start an "angry old bags" thread!...........
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 March, 2006 - 08:42 am: |
I may have only recently arrived from Thargon VII as my naivete will demonstrate but what difference does it make which way round somebody parks their car? It still takes up the same amount of space doesn't it?
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 March, 2006 - 08:56 am: |
If you have ever driven in the dark you should have noticed the point of the exercise.
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 March, 2006 - 09:05 am: |
Errrr yes. I try to make a point of not driving into parked cars whether it is light or dark. I can't say that I necessarily notice which way round they are. I really am missing something here.
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 March, 2006 - 11:19 am: |
Your headlight should light up a red light non the parked car at the rear.
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 March, 2006 - 02:30 pm: |
I tend to navigate by avoiding solid objects rather than responding to simple colour stimuli. I find this leads to better driving than just avoiding red things.
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 March, 2006 - 03:22 pm: |
You could be correct . I guess as usual I am being totally stupid.
I wonder if it is still in the Highway Code
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 March, 2006 - 03:31 pm: |
Probably is, but it seems as if people ignore most of the Code anyway.
-Giving way to pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning?
-Not parking within xx metres of a junction?
Perhaps it has been modernised with lower expectations and now just politely requests you not to commit road rage GBH on your fellow drivers if at all possible.
We shall have to see what emerges from the forthcoming Lewisham parking strategy...
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 March, 2006 - 06:18 pm: |
You are probably correct.
Guess I am living in the past.
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 March, 2006 - 09:20 pm: |
I love you Brian.
|Posted on Thursday, 23 March, 2006 - 10:22 am: |
It's still in the code. You shouldn't park against the flow of traffic at night, except in a recognised parking space. I always thought this was due to the potential danger of crossing oncoming traffic as one left one's spot, but I can see the lights argument as well. I believe we all use our subconscious while driving, whether aware of it or not.
Am I correct in my understanding that the Lewisham parking strategy is designed to discourage car use, rather than solve parking problems?
|Posted on Thursday, 23 March, 2006 - 12:05 pm: |
At a meeting last year I'm sure council officers said they were looking at reducing the number of car parks to discourage the use of cars.
|Posted on Thursday, 23 March, 2006 - 01:50 pm: |
What can I say Roz.
|Posted on Thursday, 23 March, 2006 - 06:57 pm: |
I thought I would brighten up a rather dull topic by introducing a red herring, Brian, hope you don't mind.
|Posted on Friday, 24 March, 2006 - 07:16 am: |
Not at all Roz
Best wishes to you
|Posted on Friday, 24 March, 2006 - 09:46 am: |
I hope the red herring was facing the right way
|Posted on Friday, 24 March, 2006 - 02:14 pm: |
I must except I am in the minority here although according to Calvin it is still the law.
Have we any members of the Met as members. Maybe they coulod thow light on this