Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - cheddar
In my mind parking on the zig zags by a Zebra Crossing has always been a heinous crime punishable by a week in the stocks, birching, keel hauling, Guantanamo Bay or guillotine.

Low and behold today in the village there were two cars on opposite sides of the road, one on the zig zags and the other on the zag zigs, one actually had it's rear wheels on the crossing, fortunately gridlock had ensued thus prtecting the safety of pedestrian using the crossing. Both cars were driven by elderly women who were apparently picking up even more elderly relatives or friends, I sympathise with the elderly and infirm not being able to walk far etc however this is no excuse for parking on a crossing, an action that is likely to cause the infirmity of pedestrians using said crossing.

Rant over.
Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - PW
Agree with you there Cheddar. Just being nosey- which part of the village was it in? Have seen many chaotic moments round there from bad parking so can guess what it was like.
Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - cheddar
Agree with you there Cheddar. Just being nosey- which part
of the village was it in? Have seen many chaotic
moments round there from bad parking so can guess what it
was like.


By the Lloyds and Natwest banks, of the other crossings the one by the entrance to Budgens is a pain because the path is narrow therefore a pedestrian may appear to be continuing along the path only to change direction at the last minute to use the crossing, I have seen a couple of near misses.
Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - Stuartli
It's a points on the licence offence but, like so many other motoring laws, very few seem to be enforced these days.
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Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - Lud
Odious sin to park on the zigzags upstream of the crossing, merely an offence downstream. Never could understand why they have to go as far downstream as up. I seem to remember in the days of metal studs that there were some upstream indicating no parking, but you could park as close to the crossing as you liked on the downstream side.

Of course you probably didn't need to as there were hardly any cars and parking spaces were easy to find. Free, too. Modern life is carp in some ways.
Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - nick62
Same at our kid's school, except its on the yellow zig-zags (or whatever they are called).

Its the same parents (or to be PC, parents / legal guardians) every time.

About once a month the local plod are there with a nice shiny police car and "hey presto" no one offends.

It must be dead easy as issuing a parking ticket, so why don't the police park a couple of streets away and prosecute the offenders?

Do they have an hidden agenda?

Answers on a postcard please.
Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - Lud
Might the hidden agenda be to avoid harrassing busy parents at chucking-out time?

Near the primary school attended by two of my grandchildren there is a street, respark one side, single yellow on the other, in which school-run nipper-fielders are never bothered if they park morning or afternoon at the appropriate time. They are supposed to leave a notice in the windscreen mentioning the school's name.
Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - Pugugly {P}

Do they have an hidden agenda?

Probably on the basis of prevention rather than detecting - which is the primary role of a Constable. Personally enforcement should always be the last resort.
Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - nick62
Might the hidden agenda be to avoid harrassing busy parents at
chucking-out time?


I will try this (busy parents) as my defence next time I'm caught doing 33 in a 30 zone.

I was referring more to "dropping-off" time at 9 a.m.
They only have to get out of bed 10 minutes earlier like the rest of us and park 100 meters further up the road and its always the same people.

The REALLY annoying thing is they actually mount the kerb to get two wheels on the pavement exactly at the place where you are walking so they don't totally block the road, they can't even wait until you've moved out of "their" way.
Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - henry k
Our local council approved a couple of blocks of retirement homes near our local shops.
This of course brought a corus of "We need a crossing"
After years of excuses like "It has to have a refuge in the middle etc", a conventional crossing has been installed together with a significant amount of pedestrian fences and moving the bus stop.

A regular procedure is for cars to stop ON the zebra stripes so the elderly passenger can get out and pass through the gap in the fence to the pavement . What can you say!!!!

The additional bollards in the pavement nearby has the effect that mega Dutch flower delivery trucks have to park on the bus stop causing the bus to stop beyond it and close to the traffic lights etc. etc.
Just as well we defeated McDonalds plan to develop the adjacent site ,( now big blocks of retirement homes) thus avoiding their trucks.

Joined up thinking??
Wot zig zags?
Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - cheddar
>>Odious sin to park on the zigzags upstream of the crossing, merely an offence downstream. Never could understand why they have to go as far downstream as up.>>

Clearly to save resources as and when we all drive on the right ;-)
Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - Dalglish
... Both cars were driven by elderly women ...

>>

cheddar - that probably explains it. they may have passed their tests before the highway code rules on zig-zags were introduced and may be totally unaware that they are in breach of the rules.
Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - cheddar
>> ... Both cars were driven by elderly women ...
>>
cheddar - that probably explains it. they may have passed their
tests before the highway code rules on zig-zags were introduced and
may be totally unaware that they are in breach of the
rules.

>>

Or so myopic they couldn't see the lines ;-)

A case for periodical driving tests then?
Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - Dalglish
Or so myopic they couldn't see the lines ;-)

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cheddar - you seem to be a candidate too - seems that you haven't seen:
www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?f=2&t=42...2

Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - cheddar
Which says......

"
Instead of copying entire posts, would Backroomers simply write "in resonse to xxxx's post" OR take a couple of seconds to snip and summarise the post in which you're replying to; leaving only the relevant text.
"

... the latter is what I generally do as per my reply to Lud above.
Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - PW
>>By the Lloyds and Natwest banks, of the other crossings the one by the entrance to Budgens is a pain because the path is narrow therefore a pedestrian may appear to be continuing along the path only to change direction at the last minute to use the crossing, I have seen a couple of near misses.

Thats's why I asked- had a feeling would be there. Always seem to get stuck along there by something parked up and blocking the road.
Parking on zig zags, an odious sin ? - doug_523i
If you park too close downstream the pedestrians can't see clearly both ways, and as it's a pedestrian crossing they should be given a bit of consideration. I saw a milkman delivering to a shop yesterday morning, he was entirely over the crossing, I had to squeeze between the railings and his van to get to the pavement.
 

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