In recent months residents (someone who lives in a particular place) have complained that people leave their cars parked on the street for long periods — with all four wheels on the pavement in some cases — and cars often park opposite each other, narrowing the road. Not only does pavement parking force wheelchair and scooter users onto the road, but it also causes problems for blind and visually impaired people (people who can’t see normally) who don’t expect a vehicle to be parked in their path. Some people think this is “inconsiderate and dangerous”. It is scary for people to step into the road. Imagine you have to step into a road where you can’t see oncoming traffic, some people say.
In a survey conducted by a charity for the blind (Guide Dogs) more than 70% of people want to ban parking on pavements. And in a separate piece of research, 78% of local authority councilors said they would support it too. A woman said: ”I am always amazed at the selfishness of motorists when it comes to parking. On one occasion in London I came across a Mini Cooper parked in the middle of the pavement! I could not believe that anyone would be so brazenly (doing something openly without feeling any shame) inconsiderate as to do such a thing. It was inconvenient for me having to squeeze past (make yourself smaller to get past a small space) the car but a blind person would have walked right into it.”
Since 1991, parking on pavements has become illegal, but not in all areas of the UK. Although it is still permitted (allowed by law) in many areas there have been some changes to help local authorities control pavement parking more effectively. Parking on pavement laws are dependent on where you live. London has strict rules against pavement parking. Cornwall fines people who park on the pavement. The city enforces parking restrictions on public roads and council car parks to improve road safety, keep traffic flowing freely and ensure our cars parks are being used properly. Car owners don’t care about the $115 fine and park where they want. People with baby cars and people in wheelchairs are afraid to walk on busy roads. There might be a serious accident because of a car parked on the pavement.
Mr Hornby, aged 61, said he has spoken with a number of drivers about parking their cars outside his home, but has been greeted with abuse (to react to some in a bad way, saying bad words to them). He said: “We feel like we are just going round and round in circles. “We get young people parking their cars to go to college and leaving them there until teatime. And we get boy racers up and down the street. “I’ve tried asking drivers to move their cars, but the abuse I get is unbelievable. “I would like to see double yellow lines or a sign that says ‘no parking’ on this street.”
Susan Partington, aged 66, who moved to the street three months ago, said: “Drivers are making this place look like a dump — it’s disgusting (very unpleasant and making you feel sick). “They have got no respect for any of the people who live here. They just park their cars and don’t care who they offend.” She added: “All these cars parked outside my house are driving me insane (making me crazy). If I’d known it was like this, I would never have moved here.”
Are there any inconsiderate drivers in your area who leave their car for a long periods?Who do you feel about that?
Then explain why shouldn’t drivers and motorists park their vehicles on road. Give reasons why it is important that authorities should put a ban on it. (30 lines)0 This entry was posted in Reading Stage 3 by Parviz with no comments yet