Good morning all
I've heard much tell recently of people parking in ways which are perfectly legal but in some way also perfectly idiotic or self centred, and recent personal experiences have mathed to this.
For example, I drove down a road this morning which is two lanes, but all the downhill lane is parked cars (with the ocassional gap for passing). Then one clown parked on the uphill, basically stopping anyone from parking opposite them (for about 3 spaces due to having to weave) and narrowing the road to a very tight squeeze to get through. There are no double yellows on either side, but there is clearly not enough space to park on both sides. So perfectly legal, but idiotic.
I also hear that dawn sawth there is a trend for people to park on other's driveways which is apparently something you have to tolerate (the car is on private land so the police can't do anything, and the local council will acknowledge it is trespassing but also won't do anything about it). While I haven't had that happen to me (as I have no drive!), I do experience a similar (though I admit considerably less intrusive) situation with people parking their cars in front of my house.
My street is roughly set up so that each home could plonk a car in front of their house/on their drive. There are then dead spaces where either the house is large with a corresponding off road parking spot (e.g. a house over 2 cars long with a driveway that holds 5 cars plus a double garage) or there isn't a house (such as a long patch of trees). These are therefore spaces the nearest homeowner doesn't need or use as a matter of course.
I feel that one should park in the space before their house, then stick any extra cars in the dead spaces. I even go so far as to leave my neighbour's spaces free if I can't fit my car in 'my' space due to people overlapping.
I think this is the polite and British way to do things. But I appear to be alone and regularly find someone has parked their car so it is in front of two houses, often a long way (but less than a car length) from the next car. This frustrates me and I find myself realising I don't mind parking in a dead space if someone uses 'mine', but I take severe umbrage to people using two spaces. A few days ago I came home to find someone had parked about 3 quarters of a car from a shut-in down the street (whose car hasn't moved in weeks), meaning they were taking up two spaces, potentially 3.
Gosh that turned ranty... look it's not my street, not my space, no legal requirement yada yada yada. But I often walk down streets where the cars are all spaced out like they are worried about Coronavirus and then there will be cars on grass verges and such and I just think, so many wasted spots... And I can't help but feel attacked when someone on my street regularly parks outside my house instead of in one of the dead spaces (our street has never ever been 'full', and the furthest you would have to walk would be maybe 200m).
Ok, have at me... I feel better for getting it out anyway (as the bishop said to the actress).