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Inevitable fines for bad parkers

published: 2018-03-28 11:48, mlan
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Over 2,500 blockades per month have certainly borne fruit, with drivers being more inclined to comply with traffic regulations. The safety of pedestrians and other traffic participants is of utmost importance for municipal guards' operations aimed at penalising drivers illegally parking their cars. Such inspections will proliferate.

We are certainly not tilting at windmills. Fines imposed daily, blockades and the tow-aways of illegally parked vehicles have reminded drivers of traffic regulations and made them more inclined to comply with them. Aiming at ensuring the safety of the youngest traffic participants, municipal guards have placed zebra crossings, blocked pavements and streets in the vicinity of schools under special supervision,” said Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw.

Cars parked very close to zebra crossings or bus stops, as well as on pavements despite prohibition signs, often making pedestrians risk their health while skirting around them, are a common feature of our landscape.

“Drivers tend to park their cars illegally despite the fact that in many cases parking spaces are available within a walking distance of several metres. Illegally parked cars blocking streets, limiting the field of vision, and making it impossible to freely and safely use bus stops or zebra crossings can hardly be tolerated and call for clear-cut measures. This is exactly what we have been doing. Examples include tow-aways and blockades – this is both inevitable punishment and waste of time for the drivers who are thus forced to wait for the blockade to be removed or to fetch their cars. In those places where blockades had been placed daily, drivers eventually ceased to break the law. This has been confirmed not only by city guards' observations but also by the residents themselves who positively assess this tightening of measures,” stressed Zbigniew Leszczyński, Chief of the City Guards in Warsaw.

For one month of intensified inspections, city guards used blockades 2,500 times, i.e. more than in the entire 2017. There will be much more inspections using wheel blockades, as the guards are planning to purchase another 90 devices of this kind. These operations will proliferate to other areas of the City.
Warsaw residents more frequently ask municipal guards to take measures in response to badly-parked cars, and are less tolerant to drivers breaking the law. Last year reports on badly-parked vehicles were made to the guards every second minute. 2017 was a record-breaking year, with nearly 300,000 reports concerning violations of traffic regulations.