Beware of new patrols cracking down on dangerous parking in Leicester

Drivers who park so dangerously that they cause a hazard to other road users and pedestrians are being targeted in a road safety crackdown led by Leicester City Council.

Concerns have been raised about dangerous and obstructive parking in the city centre and residential areas as well as the main arterial routes into the city.

This has led to the council joining forces with the police, fire and ambulance services to create the Dangerous Parking Taskforce (DPT).

The newly formed DPT carried out the first in a series of planned dangerous parking patrols on Wednesday, April 25, in terraced streets in the Wycliffe, Spinney Hills and North Evington wards.

A fire engine and a bin lorry were driven along streets to identify locations where dangerous or inconsiderate parking causes an obstruction.

Council civil enforcement officers (CEOs) issued penalty charge notices to vehicles parked dangerously or contravening parking restrictions, such as single or double yellow lines.

The refuse lorry and fire tender got stuck five times on the route, on one occasion taking three minutes of reversing back and forth to get round parked vehicles.

Leicester assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services, Cllr Kirk Master, said: “Dangerous, irresponsible and obstructive parking causes serious problems by putting other road users and pedestrians at risk.”

“All too often it has a knock-on effect of blocking the free flow of traffic, causing congestion and disruption, and at worst obstructing emergency service vehicles and potentially putting lives at risk.“

“Please park considerately and help us respond to emergencies without delay.”

Further DPT patrols will be taking place throughout the year.