Saturday, 13 July 2013

Parking Paradox

Towards the top end of Longfellow Road there is some signage regarding parking that I would consider contradictory. On the ground there is painted what looks clearly like a parking bay requiring a car to park half on the pavement and half on the road. At one end of this parking bay there is a sign that seems to suggest that parking half on the pavement and half on the road is prohibited.

So what does this mean? Does it mean I can park in the bay or not? Why would they have the lines if I can’t? Why would they have the sign if I can? Was one put in years after the other without considering how both together would confuse people?  I have also seen this situation in Conrad Drive and others places.

After some consideration I concluded that this probably means “no parking like this beyond this sign”. However that relies on the assumption that Council signage is consistent and rational and I’m not sure this is a safe assumption to make. I am equally not sure that local parking inspectors will jump to the same conclusion given that there is a different conclusion they could jump to which would allow them to dispense a ticket.

Is it just me or is this signage as clear as mud?  Am I off the beam in thinking that any such signs telling motorists where and how they can park and for how long should be crystal clear and leave no room whatsoever for even the slightest misinterpretation?

What do you think?

6 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Guest said...

I think whoever painted the lines was drunk ;)

Guest said...

Either that or there was a bicycle parked there at the time ;)

guest said...

The signage is as clear as mud, therefore you can park anywhere that you want and the council if they issued a ticket would be forced by the arbitrator to rescind it. Unclear signage is the main reason for the council being forced to overturn their tickets.

Andy said...

I know for a fact that the councils will generally accept the sign which most favours them in the case of any ambiguity.

I parked in Croydon on a yellow line on a Sunday, as the controlled parking zone sign I drove past as I entered Croydon says restrictions were in force Mon - Sat. However after I was towed away and appealed, they sent me a map showing the position of all CPZ signs in place on the borders of Croydon, 50% displaying Mon -Sat, and 50% showing Mon - Sun. The map even had a key so you cold identify which signs said which time restrictions.

At no point did they apologise or acknowledge that the signs were in direct conflict, even when on one section of road there was one of each of the signs on opposite sides of the road showing both restrictions.

They love to confuse, because it means more revenue, and at the end of the day, despite their protestations, towing or ticketing cars is a direct stream of revenue making. Nothing else. I would imagine they include the revenue from parking fines in their annual budget, which would prove that point. I totally understand that some places it is impractical and distributive for people to park, and totally agree with those restrictions, however a lot of the yellow lines around here are there for no other purpose than to make it awkward and to take money off of drivers.

guest said...

That is true, but only 'cause they know that only around 10% will appeal, they will lose around 60-70% on appeal, so they win 94% of the time.

If only more appealed then they'd soon stop this devious approach to ripping off their rate payers.

cogarch said...

It does look confusing, but the sign seems to indicate that at the end of the passing place you enter a zone in which parking half on the pavement is no longer permitted: hence the double-yellow lines -- complicateds!

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