I’m not perfect, I make mistakes and sometimes I park in the wrong place. But what kind of person parks in the wrong place outside of a school? I would be embarrassed to do such an antisocial thing. The incredible thing is that these people are parking outside that very school because of their own children!
- NOTE: UP DATED on FRIDAY 19th as result of amazing success! Incriminating photos & car registration numbers removed…. NO ONE asked me to remove them, I still have them and I would happily publish more such photos in the future.
Not only is it wrong and inconsiderate but it most importantly of all it is DANGEROUS. There are regular and frequent near misses outside of the school in Ramsgate that my children attend.
What these SELFISH car drivers don’t seem to realise is:
- They are parking on a very narrow pavement that is for pedestrians and a busy time of day.
- (small) People crossing the road can’t see around or above the cars.
- Vehicles frequently have to reverse due to the crazy parking and drivers don’t see the (small) people behind them.
- It also makes it very difficult for car to drive along that very narrow busy street.
- There are yellow lines painted on the road for a reason.
A google search will reveal plenty of films and reports of children hit by cars just outside a school. Do we want to add an accident, injury or child death outside of our school to this catalogue?
- Most people know it is antisocial.
- Most parents don’t do it.
- The school regularly remind parents to park correctly and considerately.
What is to be done about illegal parking outside school?
As all reasonable measures have failed so far I think the school and parents should work together to name & shame the offenders.
Name & Shame? Take photographs of these car drivers and their children (you can take a photo of any thing and any person when you are on a public street, it is not an infringement of privacy and you are legally entitled to post such a photo anywhere). I suggest schools should have a web page and a noticeboard where these photos along with names and dates should be posted.
What do you think?
OK I got to school early and took some photos today.
I also talked to some of the drivers. Most were embarrassed but two men thought they were entitled to park there, they thought it was not dangerous. I’ll write about them in my next blog: complete with photo’s of their faces and their cars parked on the pavement.
10 minutes before the school bell 3 cars were parked on the yellow lines outside – yes 10 minutes, plenty of time for the drivers to park further away.
The lady in the topless car is on double yellows whilst all of the others are parked on a single yellow and on the pavement.
For clarification we have 3 cars:the registrations were listed but here but have been removed after the success of this webpage. Then the lady in the yellow car turned up, she told me she will be gone by the time the bell goes.
Look at the amount of pavement left next to the black car, behind the yellow car. Often pushchairs can’t get though the gaps left by these drivers. In fact I’ve heard of residents blocked in unable to get though their gates.
Other cars caught by my camera include terribly dangerous parking on the double yellows, on a junction by the crossing lady. What mad person thinks it is OK to park here? . I frequently see cars struggle to make this turn from Chilton Lane into Saxon Road because of cars parked here on the double yellows (2 regulations broken), and cars rolling back into the children crossing over.
In this picture the lady with the baby in buggy can just squeeze through, but some of theses pavement-parkers aren’t so generous.
If anyone can help come and take snaps like these I’d be delighted. Leave a message here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE: 15th June
It’s Monday morning and I’m too busy to loiter outside the school but I did take a number of photos. The gem that will take pride of place in the Rogues Gallery is the lady I spoke to on Friday afternoon.
This morning after I took a photo of her car she wound down her window and said, “Do you know what harassment means?”
Dear reader, you’ve read up to here, you know I’m just taking photos of the street.
I replied, “Yes, and I know you are parking illegally.”
“Harassment,” she repeated. “You will be hearing from someone.”
I suggested she contact the school to make her complaint about my activities.
Her car is pictured above because I took a photo and had a reasonable conversation on Friday and here it is again at 8.48.
It is vital I don’t engage in confrontation with these people who already show blatant disregard for the law and respect for other people, so I walked away. I then took a lovely photo of her face as she drove off.
So here is the face Ms-Do-You-Know-What-Harassment-Means – picture now removed.
Taxi Drivers Are They Exempt from the rules?
Yes you can stop on a yellow line to drop off passengers if it is safe to do so and you are not obstructing the highway. I’m not sure you can stop this close to a road junction. I know you definitely can’t drive on to the pavement as I witnessed and the photograph shows. Note this was taken at 8.40 so there was plenty of time to drop the passenger further away in a safe place. The car was from United Cars.
I have children, who were all babies once, so I have every sympathy with the dad securing the baby into the car seat at 9.49. It is tough to get older children to school when you have a baby to get in and out of the car.
And here are the rest of the photo from Monday 15th June 8.40am – 8.49am
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Don’t miss my guide to the law relevant to Chilton School in Ramsgate here.
And Rogues Gallery here:
And have a look at the comments.
What legit reason could there be for parking here? What about blue badge holder bringing disabled child to school, who also faces the problem of where to stop because of the inconsiderate drivers.
Update Tuesday evening:
As I suspected, I’ve only taken a few minutes of photos on a few days already we see some of the same cars. This afternoon I was confronted by a small group of women who were annoyed that I was taking photos of their cars & publishing them with number plates. As I told them, it is completely legal to photograph anything you can see on the street and to publish it.
Obviously it was a little intimidating to be confronted by this group so I stated my case and continued to do what I was doing, much to their amazement, perhaps they thought I’d stop.
Many more people have thanked me for it. The vast majority support me and are annoyed by the antisocial behaviour of these people.
As those women may look back here to check on their photos (all of the photos were published including those of people who objected to me taking their photo)
I didn’t tell them what they were doing wrong and they don’t seem to realise because I heard someone say:
“Why take their photo when they are not on the double yellow lines.”
The rules for double and single yellow lines are the same at this time of day and it is not the only reason I’m taking your photo.
Logically, if you didn’t want you photo here you wouldn’t park illegally outside the school. See here:
And here come the rest of the photos:
I had a pleasant talk with the owner of this vehicle explaining why it was such a dangerous place to stop, immediately on the corner with an impact on traffic turning into Saxon Road and Chilton crossing. Someone turning left from Saxon Road would be immediately confronted by the other driver. She had a legitimate reason for parking here & blue badge but all the selfish drivers had taken up the safer/better positions.
Another bunch of photos were taken on Tuesday 16th June.
This next picture demonstrates the single file approach we have to take on foot because of the obstruction of the highway (the footpath is part of the highway).
Here you can see why parking at the bottom of Saxon Road on the double yellows would not be a good idea, it is already difficult to turn there and I have seen cars stop here and roll back into the people who are crossing.
By 8.52 it all looks good where the children were crossing but there are frequently car parked along here (yes some have blue badges but some do not).
Later that afternoon at 15.13 there are several cars parked on the pavement along Chilton Lane They will be driving away while small children will be walking along that narrow pavement.
On Tuesday at 3.05 the cars had started to gather and I am told were actually there some time earlier. Cars start to park on the pavement here for school collection from 2.30ish.
It is perfectly legal to take street view photos.
If you don’t want YOUR Photo to be here you will not park illegally outside the school.
Look at the highway code.
- No waiting, no stopping no parking on these lines, regardless of them being double or single at this time of day.
- No obstructing the pavement.
- No driving on the pavement.
There is more on this subject here: http://mrstaraplumbing.com/2015/06/17/ive-chopped-the-childrens-heads-off-car-parking-chilton-school/
The Message to all parents sent from school last Friday reminding people not to park on the pavement and children are almost hit by these cars.
From Wednesday Afternoon Onwards
Should I Thank Facebook?
Totally unknown to me parents were circulating links to my blog on Facebook. It received a staggering 645 hits redirected from face book to this page on Tuesday and Wednesday. I don’t doubt some were angry that I had posted these photos. Yet it spread the message in a most effective way.
From Wednesday afternoon almost no cars have stopped on the pavement and there seems to be less people stopping on the double yellows (I’ve just seen the blue-badge holders).
Here’s one this morning at 8.51 you can see the crossing lady in yellow in the distance and the clear road. It was like that from 8.40 as well. The chaos of crossing Chilton Lane has been transformed beyond recognition over the past few days.
And here is the text sent from school
SENT last Friday after one of the younger children was almost hit by a car. This was not an isolated incident but simply the latest.