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?