new powers from now on - it's a ticket.....
Inconsiderate drivers who park their cars across driveways or block disabled
access facilities at street corners are being warned to expect a ticket
from now on.
The council has been granted new powers to penalise drivers who park dangerously
on street corners, block driveways or prevent wheelchairs and baby buggies
from using the dropped kerb facilities at road junctions.
Until now the council could only enforce these contraventions if there
was a yellow line restriction in force. In the absence of a yellow line,
only a Metropolitan Police traffic warden or constable could penalise
Motorists are now being advised to steer clear of blocking driveways and
dropped kerbs and to avoid parking dangerously on corners if they don't
want to be fined.
As well as being inconsiderate, drivers who obstruct dropped kerbs put
wheelchair users and parents with prams or buggies at greater risk by
forcing them to use the carriageway to negotiate a junction.
Motorists who park on junctions also obstruct sightlines and make it more
difficult and dangerous for other vehicles to safely turn corners.
Wandsworth's cabinet member for regeneration and transport Guy Senior
said: "Most people park very safely and show proper consideration
for other road users and pedestrians. However, there is a hardcore of
drivers who think they can park anywhere they like without any regard
"Sadly these people will not think twice about parking right on street
corners or blocking off driveways. Parking right on a street corner is
inherently dangerous. It severely limits roadspace for other drivers who
are turning into or exiting a side road and makes a collision much more
likely to happen.
"It also blocks off the dropped kerb facilities which are vitally
important for people in wheelchairs. They could find themselves literally
stranded on the pavement until the car is moved, while mums and dads who
have babies in pushchairs will often have to walk out onto the main carriageway
if they want to cross the junction.
"Sadly there are far too many drivers who are either too lazy or
don't have enough common sense to avoid parking at these locations. It
would be better if they woke up to the dangers they pose before they start
getting parking tickets."
An information leaflet highlighting the dangers of corner parking is available
by telephoning 020 8871 8046.
October 7, 2004