Mind you they don't enforce yellow lines well now, or parking on the pavement, or on a junction, or on the zig zags outside of schools. The few occasions they do people whinge about it being money making.
Old bill and pcso wotsits regularly "walk the beat" past our local primary and i have seen them dish out the tickets on two occasions where the fat parents were late getting to school so park up bang outside on the last available bit of road which has the zig zags on it.
Parking on double yellow lines
Sheffield is a good case of parking restrictions crushing the town centre. We live in Sheffield and if we need something we go to Meadowhall (in the car). The bus and tram takes 40 minutes to cover what, in a straight line, is a 4 mile journey (it goes a circuitous route that ends up being 10 miles).
The car takes 15 minutes to get to Meadowhall or town. The centre of town was making a bit of a come back but they've just tightened up the parking laws and extended the time that you have to pay- the result? Everyone goes to Meadowhall again, with all its free parking and roof, after they have spent literally millions trying to make the town centre appealing again. All for the sake of a few quid in parking.
(But this double yellow thing is another nonsense Tory do- double yellows are there for a reason)
Why would you want to drive into Manchester?!
There are these things called trains, buses and, in Manchester, one of the biggest and best tram networks in the UK. There are even FREE shuttle buses from the station that just circulate all the popular areas.
If you're going to say things about Sunday trains/buses from where you live then drive to a local station or an area with free parking and get the tram/bus/train or walk from there. On the rare occasions that I do drive, I often park up on Great Ancoats Street, it's a 5 minute walk through the back roads to Piccadilly or Northern Quarter from there.
Hmmmm train from Huddersfield is £24 for 2 people. Plus the bus fare to my house from bus station return for 2 people is £5.60. Couple of hours to get there house to the shop I wanted to go into.
Or £3 parking and £6 diesel. No contest.
Another example, I would love to get the train to work. I live in Huddersfield and work in Leeds. Diesel is £5 and parking (when I have to pay it, sometimes I get one of the limited spaces my company provides for free) is £3.50. £8.50 total. Around 30-45 mins door to door.
Train and bus is £9.10 and £2.80 respectively, so £11.90. 80 mins door to door. No contest.
Problem is that if I went by train I'd probably go and spend money in central Leeds as I would have to walk through it to get to my work.
As a cyclist I am more concerned about safety. Cars parked on double yellows reduce available space and also cause a hindrance when passengers exit and enter the cars.
I have almost been taken out more times than I can remember by idiots on double yellows opening their card doors without looking. At the moment I can give them an earbashing as they are clearly breaking the law. If this comes in then I would be the criminal for doing so and sod my safety.
A similar thing applies for pushchairs - there is a side road crossing
near me which has double yellows but is often blocked by illegally parked cars forcing pedestrians to walk into a busy road to get around the car. I have often stuck notes saying "Thanks for parking like a moron" to the offending cars. No doubt I would again be the criminal if the law changes and this comes in.
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