Increased enforcement against illegal parking

There are several areas of the city where a small minority of motorists insists on leaving their cars in illegal positions. (eg. on double yellows or double parked.)

One example area is the new double yellows on one side of Cardonald Place Road and one side of Clifford St, where motorists still regularly park. As well as being illegal due to parking on the double yellows, the cars often block the pavement causing problems for pedestrians with mobility problems or push chairs, or cause problems for traffic / busses.

Glasgow Council should use their existing parking enforcement powers to issue tickets in these problem areas. There should be a clear way to report areas where illegal parked cars are causing an issue, ideally with both a rapid response from the Council to issue tickets and with the Council having an active dialogue with people reporting illegal parking to ensure the Council Parking Enforcement officers visit at the times when illegal parkers tend to present - with the Council visiting areas multiple times until a permanent change in motorist's behaviour is seen.

 

Why the contribution is important

It will improve the street environment.

It will reduce problems for push chair users and pedestrians with poor mobility.

It will likely result in a decrease in the use of cars and hence improve air quality and increase exercise, improving the health of Glasgow Citizen's and hence in the long term reduce the money the Council spends on care.

I believe the income (from parking fines) of this suggestion will both cover any extra costs of the enforcement department and generate a surplus that can be used to cover budget shortfalls elsewhere.

 

 

by Joseph on September 08, 2016 at 10:36AM

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Comments

  • Posted by tollpatsch October 03, 2016 at 15:48

    Agree that this is a problem. In my area, I regularly see couples with prams and wheelchair users forced to use the road and dodge cars (albeit slow moving ones) because the pavements and dropped kerbs are blocked by motorists on both sides of the street.
  • Posted by Tia October 04, 2016 at 09:59

    Completely agree. Illegal parking is also incredibly dangerous for cyclists, who have to go round these selfish people with the risks involved in joining the main flow of traffic.
  • Posted by BobF October 04, 2016 at 18:56

    One question l have is how would the evidence be submitted? On my regular commute to work l have seen many vehicles parked on double yellow lines. On or in front of dropped kerbs. On street corners which results in creating an obstruction. Parked on pavements causing the road to be narrowed making it more challenging to pass the vehicle concerned. Zig-zag lines outside a local school. Last but not least cycle lanes which are used as parking bays.

    The evidence can be provided in the form of video evidence still of film. Yet there is not mechanism to provide the evidence.
  • Posted by johnstonorr October 04, 2016 at 20:50

    Please do this. Parking fines are progressive, targeting only the lawless and selfish and giving support to wheelchair users and people with prams who need access to dropped kerbs without selfish drivers of large vehicles blocking their way.
  • Posted by CherylEMO October 04, 2016 at 22:30

    I agree with this post. Really fed up with selfish drivers who don't think of the consequences of their actions. If you park in the correct place, you don't need to worry.
  • Posted by Moneysaver October 06, 2016 at 12:16

    You do realize that if you were a motorist you would have a different viewpoint?

    A motorist has to struggle daily going round and round all along one way streets to find parking and having to avoid irresponsible pedestrians walking out suddenly in front plus all the numerous traffic lights which seem designed to cause frustration even when there is no one waiting to cross the road.

     In addition you can have screaming kids and a drone box next to you distracting you plus other drivers tailgating and horning you as well cyclists weaving in and out at random without due care and attention.

    Add to this the inclement weather and the risk of having an accident plus traffic wardens targeting looking for any excuse to fine you for any infringement plus the thousand and one rules and regulations you have to remember and you will see the life of a motorist is a very hard one and deserves sympathy.

    Therefore instead of victimizing drivers you should try to see it from their point of view and make allowances.

    Remember many Council executives and other company executives are also motorists.
  • Posted by BobF October 07, 2016 at 20:23

    Moneysaver what are you objecting to ? You criticize car drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, the weather, parking. Retirement just does not seem to agree with you does it?

    Just so you know l am a car driver.

    Who cares if council / company executives are car drivers.

    Please make a coherent point which can be take seriously, debated and considered in an adult manner
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