Cycling in and around Birmingham England
What is the point of Birmingham city council spending thousands pounds of building cycle pathways when West Midlands Police don't enforce the no parking regulations on the cycle paths.
The attached photo is an example of a car showroom advertising on the A452 Chester Road Tyburn Islands it is parked across the cycle path and is also causing an obstruction across the public footpath.
Offence being committed under Section 137 Highways Act 1980. Vehicle could be removed or registered keeper fined up to level 3 - Max Fine £1000.
I believe that a photograph is sufficient to confirm the offence is/was being committed.
the prescence of the necessary legislation is not the issue, it's the enforcement.
if there was a real threat of a decent fine (£250?) or clamping/uplifting etc, then people would think twice.
a similar thing could be said for mobile phone offence when driving, there simply isnt enough deterrent.
Disgraceful I think its up to BCC to enforce and act - what is the point of making cycle lanes and footpaths - where I work health and safety is enforced as there is an inspection and possible fines. The idea that we would fail inspection or be found lacking is unthinkable as the cost and fine would be high and enforced, and even fatal to the business . Just the same as this should be. This business here should get a final warning and the next time they transgress get the book thown at them. Its Human nature, if they think they can get away with it they will, and they will become assertive thinking its ok to do this. Help from BCC is needed.
Dont forget that what the pictures dont show is cars parked on the pavement on both sides of the road
I sent this to the company concerned but never heard anything back. In a way, I'm impressed that the driver managed to park across not one but two sets of double yellow lines as well as the cycle lane and ignored the police cones to boot.
I've had better results on the regular parking of coaches on the cycle lane on Cartland Road dropping, collecting and waiting for sports teams etc at Camp Hill school. It's a busy and awkward stretch of road at the best of times and it turned out several of my neighbours had also complained to the school. A cycling police person at the Moseley station has contacted the school and the coach companies and threatened to book the drivers for causing an obstruction.
I have pressed the council to make pavement parking illegal as it is in London, can't remember the exact response now but they seemed to see it as necessary.
I'm also of the impression that the Council won't deal with anything which isn't actually parked on the road, the police have to deal with anything blocking the pavement, and will only do that if it is seen as a dangerous obstruction.
Every Sunday morning on Lordswood Road the pavement is blocked by a number of cars either left by people using the leisure centre or one of the churches, which I've reported Harborne Neighbourhood Police Team, they have gone and ticketed them in the past. But as with everything it doesn't solve the problem the next week the pavement is invariably blocked again.
Meanwhile don't buy a Volvo