Lack of yellow lines leading to dangerous parking in Comrie
FADED yellow lines in the Straths towns and villages have led to a rise in cars being parked outwith designated parking areas.
In Comrie, councillors have been lobbying for the road markings to be renewed for over a year.
The double yellow lines are barely visible prompting motorists to park anywhere, said Councillor Gill Brock. It is not a criminal offence to park on a double yellow line anymore so police cant do anything about it unless the vehicle is causing a danger. Traffic wardens can but they are never here.
I am really worried about the corner at the bank. People park their cars too close to the junction obscuring the view for drivers turning into Drummond Street.
It is just a matter of time before a serious accident happens. Children are used to crossing there as that is where the lollipop lady stands. Ive also seen cars parked on Dalginross Bridge. Whether there are double yellow lines or not, it is just common sense that you dont abandon your car in such places.
Councillor Brock is also concerned drivers are showing little respect for the villages disabled bays. She added: They blame the poor state of the lines but Ive also seen them using the blue badge reserved spots in Bumblebee Square.
Police are warning motorists that they will take action on badly-parked vehicles.
Community Officer Bell told the Herald: Unfortunately police cannot issue tickets for anyone parking on double yellow lines, faded or otherwise. This was decriminalised some years ago and is now only enforceable by Perth and Kinross traffic wardens.
Of course if we feel a vehicle is parked so as to cause an obstruction or is dangerously parked we can issue a s30 fixed-penalty notice and if the owner cannot be found and the parking is deemed to be very dangerous or obstructive, for example blocking required access, we can remove the vehicle at the owners expense.
Examples of parking which we would generally class as dangerous or obstructive are if you were to park on a pavement so that members of the public could not safely use the pavement (there must be enough space for wheelchair users, prams, etc), blocking driveways, parking so close to a junction that the view for other drivers is obscured, or in some circumstances parking on double yellow lines where the road is too narrow to permit vehicles past.
An example for this is on Bridge Street in Comrie where the road narrows onto the bridge itself. If someone parks here and the bus pulls into the stop it blocks the whole road. In short it really depends on the opinion of the officer who attends.
We can issue s30 fixed-penalty notices for those parking on zig-zag lines outside schools and if you are parked within the controlled area of a pedestrian crossing (zebra, puffin or pelican) that ticket is worth s60 and three points on your licence.
Budget constraints have prevented lines being renewed sooner. A spokesperson for Perth and Kinross Council said: The council plans to review all town yellow lines in 2012/13 and will refresh these according to priority need and available budget.
Parking attendants and roads service staff regularly report back on the condition of yellow lines to inform this process, and indications at present are that yellow lines in Crieff and Comrie will be refreshed in 2012/13.
The work will likely take place in late spring when prevailing weather conditions will be more conducive to the work.
The Crieff and Comrie area is patrolled at least twice per week.
l IT seems Crieff is on the way to getting some of its road markings renewed, however. The Strathearn Heralds roving reporter spotted Tayside Contracts workers whitening the parking space markings in King Street and Commissioner Street on Tuesday.