How not to park


THE Happy Moonraker long ago realised that the world is divided into people who don’t pull the roller towel down to expose a clean section for the next person, and those who do.

It’s all a question of thoughtfulness and consideration for others.

The same can be said for parking.

Have you ever seen parking like this? Coming towards the junction from the right, how was I meant to turn left past this vehicle, without going so far into the narrow road that I was on the wrong side and likely to hit an oncoming vehicle on the blind bend ahead? To say nothing of obstructing any vehicle that might appear from my right.

It seems the Highway Code can be flouted when it is Salisbury Rugby Festival, Daddy has overslept and his little rugby player can’t be late.

Quote from the Highway Code: “The nearest you can park to a junction is 10 metres (or 32 feet). This is to allow drivers emerging from, or turning into, the junction a clear view of the road they are joining. It also allows them to see hazards such as pedestrians or cyclists at the junction.”

That sort of arrogant parking behaviour is on a par with that of people who leave their dog’s mess neatly bagged but next to the footpath or hanging in the hedge. Agreed, the offending heap has been picked up, but why assume someone else will deal with the bag?


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