Double parking is putting lives at risk
PUBLISHED: 11:40 03 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:45 31 May 2010
DRIVERS who cause an obstruction when they park in Borough Lane in Saffron Walden face getting a fine from the police. Acting Sgt Lisa Cox said that motorists regularly park on both sides of the road making it extremely difficult for fire engines and othe
DRIVERS who cause an obstruction when they park in Borough Lane in Saffron Walden face getting a fine from the police.
Acting Sgt Lisa Cox said that motorists regularly park on both sides of the road making it extremely difficult for fire engines and other large vehicles to pass.
And although there are no yellow lines on either side of the road, acting Sgt Cox said that parking tickets would be put on people's windscreens if they continue to park with little consideration for other road users.
She said: "People are regularly leaving their cars there for the day as it is free and there are no yellow lines to restrict them. But this inconsiderate behaviour is making life very difficult for lorry drivers and could also put lives at risk if a fire engine or another emergency vehicle couldn't get down the road.
"It's vital one side of the road is kept clear and if this trend doesn't stop, fixed penalty notices will be given out.
"I am calling on motorists to use their common sense and think a little more before they park in a position that could cause an obstruction for others."
Saffron Walden fire officer Paul Curtis said that drivers parking in Borough Lane and any other road could also face having their car removed by force if it was preventing a fire engine from getting past.
"We have the power under the 1947 Fire Services Act to remove a car, which is obstructing our path with the force which we deem to be necessary in the circumstances," he said.
"Depending on the situation, we would make a judgement call and if we felt that lives were being put at risk, we would lift a car onto its side to enable us to get through.
"We have not yet had to go to this extreme, but we have had to bump cars a couple of inches around a corner, and we would not be afraid to move a car forcibly, which was obstructing an engine's path."
Mr Curtis said: "If people are causing an obstruction it could delay us in getting to a serious incident in that area and could put lives at risk."
Fortunately the situation of double-parking has not yet delayed them in getting to any emergency. But he said: "Hopefully people will start to realise that parking in this manner could have serious implications for innocent people who need a fire engine to reach them as quickly as possible.