I’ve just had a friendly chat with the local traffic warden, and offer this as a public service announcement. (yes, he was pleasant. All Dunoon eyebrows can be lowered now.)
I was trying to prevent him from giving someone else a ticket since I’d driven past a minute before, was now walking back from the Garage, and I knew the offending car had just appeared. It was parked on the edge of the pavement/ sidewalk at a double yellow line, right next to a driveway.
‘He wasn’t here a minute ago. He may just be dropping something off.’
‘Well that would have been fine, if he hadn’t driven onto the pavement. You can stop for 11 minutes on a double yellow line to drop something off, but as soon as you go up on the pavement it’s an automatic offence.’
Those of you who live in places with wide roads will be bewildered by this. Why would anyone drive onto a sidewalk? But in much of Britain, lots of us pull up onto the kerb/ curb deliberately to make space for cars travelling past.
But now we have been warned. Straight from the traffic warden’s mouth: feel free to stop and deliver your goods, blocking traffic if need be, but don’t try to to be helpful by getting out of the way.
It’s all about prams and wheelchairs, you see…