The dozy parkers: Sheffield’s most inconsiderate motorists

A car parked at a bus stop on Greystones Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

A car parked at a bus stop on Greystones Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

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The Star is today exposing South Yorkshire’s most inconsiderate motorists - the dozy parkers.

From double parking and flouting yellow lines to obstructing bus stops and mounting pavement, it seems dopey drivers have really got city residents’ blood boiling.

A car parked at on double yellow lines on Greystones Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

A car parked at on double yellow lines on Greystones Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

Not only does poor parking infuriate locals, it can also be a huge problem for parents with prams, wheelchair users, waste collection workers and emergency service vehicles.

A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said parked cars are a nightmare for firefighters.

She said: “Parked cars can cause a real problem for our firefighters when they are responding to an emergency incident and can have a significant impact on our response times.

“We would ask people when they are parking that they consider whether they have left enough room for a fire engine to get through, as fire engines require a gap of almost three metres.

A car parked on the pavement to close to the wall not leaving enough room for prams to pass through on Wadsley Park Crescent. Picture: Andrew Roe

A car parked on the pavement to close to the wall not leaving enough room for prams to pass through on Wadsley Park Crescent. Picture: Andrew Roe

“To try to combat the problem, leaflets are often left on vehicle windscreens to advise drivers about the issues of parking on both sides of a road.”

A spokesman from Veolia, which manages waste collection in the city, said: “Inconsiderate parking can sometimes result in our refuse collection vehicles being unable to access roads on the day of scheduled collections.

“We would encourage all road users to be considerate when parking at all times, particularly near junctions and on narrow streets.”

Sheffield residents took to The Star’s Facebook page to comment on the dozy and inconsiderate parkers in their neighbourhoods.

Cars parked on the pavement outside Hillsborough Primary School. Picture: Andrew Roe

Cars parked on the pavement outside Hillsborough Primary School. Picture: Andrew Roe

Mum Sarah Purshouse, from Wath, said cars parked on a bend make it very difficult when she is out with her pram, particularly on Festival Road.

She said: “I can’t see round the corner for a car, and I hate seeing cars fully parked on pavements or obstructing the pavement so I can’t get round with my pram.

“Also, it annoys me seeing cars parked in disabled bays when they don’t have a disabled badge showing.”

Fellow mum Emma Birch added: “I have to walk on the road with a pram and young child because cars are parked on pavements.”

Cars parked on the pavement outside Hillsborough Primary School. Picture: Andrew Roe

Cars parked on the pavement outside Hillsborough Primary School. Picture: Andrew Roe

Gill Podoski said she has trouble with cars parking on dropped kerbs on Abbeydale Road, meaning she is unable to get around easily on her mobility scooter.

As well as Abbeydale Road, readers named Manor Oaks Road in Wybourn and Wortley Road in High Green as problem parking zones outside schools.

Maxine Louise Devine said school run motorists are particularly annoying and added: “It’s like the road becomes a car park for them.

“If you live there you just have to sit and wait for them to move, after their 45-minute chat with friends of course. And you know they only live 10 minutes away from school anyway!”

Samantha Harley said Harris Road and the surrounding roads in Hillsborough are a nightmare on Sheffield Wednesday match days.

She said: “I wouldn’t mind if we could get down with a pram but we have to walk on the road. If anything ever happened to my son because of this I wouldn’t be happy.”

A car parked on double yellow lines on Greystones Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

A car parked on double yellow lines on Greystones Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

A council spokesman said areas with parking restrictions are monitored by their enforcement team and drivers who ignore the restrictions may receive a penalty charge notice.

People can report issues to Parking Services on 2736255.

The spokesman said: “While we appreciate that inconsiderate parking can be very frustrating, where no parking restrictions are in place we cannot take action against those who park there and these incidents should be reported to the police on 101.

“There are many issues associated with inconsiderate or dangerous parking including obstruction, safety risks and damage to kerbs and verges, which results in costly repairs.

“We ask drivers to park considerately at all times and encourage people to report these issues through the appropriate channel.”

A car parked on the pavement to close to the wall not leaving enough room for prams to pass through on Wadsley Park Crescent. Picture: Andrew Roe

A car parked on the pavement to close to the wall not leaving enough room for prams to pass through on Wadsley Park Crescent. Picture: Andrew Roe

Cars parked on the pavement outside Hillsborough Primary School. Picture: Andrew Roe

Cars parked on the pavement outside Hillsborough Primary School. Picture: Andrew Roe

Cars parked on the pavement outside Hillsborough Primary School. Picture: Andrew Roe

Cars parked on the pavement outside Hillsborough Primary School. Picture: Andrew Roe

A car parked on the pavement to close to the wall not leaving enough room for prams to pass through on Laird Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

A car parked on the pavement to close to the wall not leaving enough room for prams to pass through on Laird Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

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