Emergency services urgently warn against “reckless” parking by the British – as this could have fatal consequences.
Motorists dumping their vehicles at the curb have caused delays for first responders rushing to the aid of people.
Firefighters in Rugby, Warwickshire shared their frustration after struggling to get through a convoy of parked cars.
Under the Emergency Works (Obstruction) Act 2006, You can be fined up to £5,000 for ‘willful obstruction’ of an emergency vehicle.
The fire service said they had difficulty navigating a narrow road due to some rude drivers.
Driving down a residential street, they had to move slowly through rows of parked cars on either side.
The vital equipment attached to the fire engine was inches from the parked vehicles.
Frustrated firefighters asked residents to park closer to the curb because the delay could mean “the difference between life and death.”
They shared an image of the tight squeeze to show how difficult it is to get a large emergency vehicle through.
Although the cars in the picture were in designated parking bays, the crew said, “Just because you’re inside the white lines doesn’t mean we can still get through.”
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Rugby Fire Station wrote in a Facebook post: “While out and about in Rugby today, crews were having trouble getting the equipment through some of the city’s narrower streets due to some reckless parking.
“If you are parking please park close to the curb, just because you are within the white lines does not mean we can still get through.
“In an emergency, slowing down our journey could mean the difference between life and death.
“And please remember to fold in your mirrors, we don’t need the paperwork or the bill for the repair!!!”
But her strong word of warning drew some backlash from local residents, who complained it was a council matter.
One wrote: “Just because the council didn’t use a tape measure when the road was even finished doesn’t mean that the driver was at fault. If it doesn’t work, don’t allow side parking.”
Another added: “So the cars are parked perfectly legally inside the lines. I suggest the council make the boxes smaller or the streets wider.
A third chimed in: “I don’t see any reckless parking here.
“Cars pulled in close to the curb and outside mirrors. What else can you do?”
And a fourth said: “The problem is old roads alongside new ways of life. It’s difficult, but it’s nobody’s fault.
“I personally would rather save a life and wreck a car. I’m not sure the insurance companies would agree and that’s the problem.”
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