Driver gets police fine for parking blunder outside shop

A driver who parked on zigzag lines to nip to the shop was slapped with a GBP100 fine from police. The unnamed driver left the blue Ford truck straddling the pavement near a zebra crossing while they “popped into the shops”, police said. However brief, the decision to park there still resulted in a hefty bill.

: Call police if you recognise these men after theft Avon and Somerset Police made an example of them on social media yesterday (Wednesday, November 24), reminding people to stick to the rules of the road. The force’s roads safety team tweeted: “This driver popped into the shops leaving their vehicle on the controlled area of a zebra crossing and blocking the pavement.

“Spotted by #OT37 and issued with a traffic offence report. This offence holds 3 penalty points and GBP100 fine.”

Avon and Somerset Police shared this images of a Ford parked on zigzag lines outside a Post Office

Images shared by police, above, showed the vehicle outside a shop with a Post Office. Police have been contacted for further information about where and when the driving offence happened.

What are the rules?

Information on Ask the Police UK states: “Whilst it is not normally an offence in itself to park on the zigzag lines, drivers who do park there could commit an offence of causing an obstruction.

“In some areas the zigzag lines are accompanied by a traffic regulation order which does make it an offence to park there. There will be signs to indicate this at the location. “In some areas the provisions in relation to zigzag lines will be enforced by the local council, whilst in others they will be enforced by the police.”

Local councils are responsible for the enforcement of parking offences, according to guidance from Avon and Somerset Police, unless vehicles are “causing a hazard or obstruction”. In this case they can be reported to police, including offences of:

  • parking in a dangerous position such as on zig zag lines or other pedestrian crossings
  • parking opposite or within ten metres of a junction
  • parking over a dropped kerb
  • blocking a road or pavement which causes pedestrians to enter the road
  • preventing you from being able to park or get your vehicle off your driveway (try to find the owner and ask them to move the vehicle, before reporting)
  • preventing emergency vehicles from accessing an area

Reports can be made via 101 or online and people are advised to first make a note of the registration number, make and model, colour and location of the vehicle. What do you think?

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