Sunday, 17 January 2010

Bus Lane Persecution

The AA -always a bit late in their press releases- is now complaining about CCTV cameras being used for ticketing cars parked illegally. We think they are missing the point. The issue is not how people get tickets for parking illegally, it is the fact that there is a notion of "illegal parking".

Take this car WN51VPV in the bus lane of Whiteladies road one weekday morning. It is not on the pavement, in the way of pedestrians. And if it was -that would still be acceptable, as it would not be blocking passing traffic.


It is not blocking passing car traffic: there is a lane for them. Nor is it blocking bus traffic, as you can see this bus is sliding past the car quite easily. Even the tax dodging cyclists you can see in the background will slide past this car without getting in the way of any tax payer.

To ticket this car for blocking a bus-lane on one of the city's primary inbound routes during the rush hour on a working weekday is nothing but profit seeking by an anti-car council!

6 comments:

maliknant said...

The Council better watch out! One day the hardworking and productive car drivers of Bristol may decide to up and leave the city altogether for an area more friendly to taxpayers, and less concerned about the hippie-freak pedestrians and cyclopaths! That'd show 'em!

Ben said...

Umm... that's not a bus lane... it's a designated parking space. There are usually cars parked there, quite legitimately. I suppose this one just stayed too long.

SteveL said...

taxi rank at some hours, bus lane in the mornings

John R said...

That Edmund King eh? I'm awaiting comments from the president of Which? that CCTV in shops, rather than being there to prevent shoplifting, merely penalises forgetful shoppers who've walked out without paying for an item.

Robin Featherstone said...

You should try using the cycle paths on Poplar Way East and Packgate Road in Avonmouth, HGV's think that by parking all wheels on the cycle paths they won’t get a ticket from the double yellow lines on the road, and the wondrous council do sweet FA probably due to it being too far from their office and no affect on their journey

Robin Featherstone said...

You should try using the cycle paths on Poplar Way East and Packgate Road in Avonmouth, HGV's think that by parking all wheels on the cycle paths they won’t get a ticket from the double yellow lines on the road, and the wondrous council do sweet FA probably due to it being too far from their office and no affect on their journey