Friday, 18 November 2011

Do TWS trucks come with "park anywhere" permits?

This lunchtime, I saw a TWS "rapid response" pickup pull up partly on the pavement, partly on the road in Oakengates while the driver and passenger went to Subway.

As you can see from the picture below (click for a bigger version), the pickup is parked on the zigzags for the zebra crossing.

I've checked the exemptions in the Zebra, Pelican and Puffin Pedestrian Crossings Regulations and General Directions 1997 and would you believe, parking on zigzags because you want a sandwich and don't want to walk from the 200 space car park 50 yards round the corner doesn't seem to be on the list?

What's the safety of a few pedestrians compared to the inconvenience of having to walk 50yds to get your lunch?  A glaring oversight I'm sure you'll agree but until the Secretary of State for Transport rushes through this vitally important change to the law, the TWS driver was breaking the law.  I've sent a copy of the picture to TWS for their comments.