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Lorry forced pram into road, says father

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: January 31, 2014

By KEITH ROSSITER Political Reporter @krossiter

The council lorry parked on double yellow lines

The council lorry parked on the Hoe

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A CITY council vehicle parked on double yellow lines forced parents to wheel their child’s pram into the road.

Pete Wilkes contacted The Herald to complain about the lorry.

He said it was obstructing the footpath while workmen were on the beach below.

“Our pram had to go on the road at a bend,” he said.

A Plymouth City Council spokeswoman said: “Official council vehicles are exempt from parking restrictions but drivers should avoid using this exemption wherever possible.

“In this particular instance staff were clearing litter from the beach area and the nearby car park was unfortunately full.

“In future we will try to programme this work for quieter times of the day, when the car park is less busy.

“We will also be reminding staff that they should only park in restricted areas when absolutely necessary.”

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  • TheMercenary  |  February 03 2014, 10:51AM

    @takewhatcomes. Respect you too. Fair comment.

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  • takewhatcomes  |  February 02 2014, 10:24PM

    @The Mercenary: I am not the complainant - and I must confess that this erroneous assumption - plus the tinge of blasphemy has left me feeling rather uneasy. I believe it would be best if we were to draw this particular discussion to a close. I should add that, although I cannot find any point on which I agree, I fully acknowledge your right to hold these opinions - and indeed respect your right to freely express them.

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  • TheMercenary  |  February 02 2014, 7:16PM

    @takewhatcomes. "Jesus wept". That would be an accident caused by someone driving dangerously/carelessly and they would be prosecuted accordingly. It's nothing to do with the vehicle being parked illegally. Had this been a broken down vehicle, with a note on the windscreen to that effect, you would have navigated around it, accepted it for what it was and said nothing. Much Ado About Nothing. Take it you're the complainant?

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  • takewhatcomes  |  February 02 2014, 11:28AM

    @TheMercenary: 'part of being human and having a brain is being able to adjust to situations that present themselves and overcome them'. Ok - so let us suppose that you're the person taking the risk - by pushing yourbaby's pram into the road in order to get round the parked vehicle. Suddenly a vehicle, travelling at speed, comes round the bend and towards you. So how do you adjust and overcome - given that your brain may have be seized with a moment of blind panic as you fear for the safety of your child? The reason that we have this type of road-traffic restriction is to save both pedestrian and driver from ever finding themselves in just this type of situation. I'm not scared to venture out - just scared of ever finding myself at the mercy of some murderous, brain-dead moron of a motorist - who thinks that the safety of everyone on the road is the responsibility of everyone - save him.

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  • TheMercenary  |  February 02 2014, 10:04AM

    @takewhatcomes. The other car isn't parked, it's passing, otherwise the person taking the photo would have moaned about that too. Part of being human and having a brain, is being able to adjust to situations that present themselves and overcome them. It sounds to me as though you're scared to venture out, in case you meet a hazard you're unable to cope with. It must be tough for you.

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  • takewhatcomes  |  February 01 2014, 6:42PM

    The photograph actually shows 2 vehicles parked either side of the road and either you think it right or you think it wrong to tempt fate to force someone pushing a pram into the road in order to pass. I don't think it to be a risk that I'd like to be responsible for taking - and I don't believe that the council workers - with hindsight - would think so either. Of course, if you're 'Codebreaker' and blessed with 6th Sense (not common sense) you'd be able to see round bends, see into the future - and know that there isn't a quiet road in the country that has ever presented a sudden and unexpected danger to anyone

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  • Tony248  |  February 01 2014, 4:55PM

    If something is restricted for motists then there presumably will be a reason. Such as, it is unsafe or may cause an obstruction. Why then, are the makers of these restriction exempting themselves from having to comply? How is it safe for a Council lorry to park, but unsafe to leave a small car in the same place? Do we actually need any more proof that 95% of parking regulations are simply a cash cow for councils?

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  • baldwinpw  |  February 01 2014, 2:39PM

    It happens all over Plymouth, in fact most of the country.It is only in London where parking on a pavement is an offence. The council are only interested if your parked in a resident only area without the right permit. The police can be contacted if a vehicle is causing an obstruction, as the council aren't interested. I know, I've tried. As my wife is confined to a wheelchair and I'm the propulsion, coming across vehicles that block drop kerbs, park on pavements are a constant pain. As for that picture, there is no real pavement there, so not really a story.

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  • JTPlymouth  |  February 01 2014, 12:56AM

    This Daily Mail owned piece of trash is supposed to be a local newspaper. Yet they show a picture of a road on the seafront at Devils Point and describe it as the Hoe. There is lots wrong with Plymouth. The two bigger things though are: 1) A city council that couldn't care less and 2) A very poor 'newspaper' that lets Plymouth down very badly.

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  • Toby_Clubroot  |  January 31 2014, 8:25PM

    "Lorry forced pram into road"... isn't really what happened, is it?

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