It has become a bit of a bug bare in my ward of Derby Road West. It is also a bit of a catch 22 situation.
Park on the street and you cause an obstruction to other road users, as has happened in one area of DRW, park half and half on the footway and cause an obstruction to pedestrians and footway users.
The trouble is that the Police are powerless until they see an obstruction being caused. It has to be an actual obstruction, rather than a potential obstruction, however. I am at present struggling to decipher quite what the definition of actual obstruction is.
Derby City, however being a unitary authority has introduced a series of Traffic Regulation Orders to prohibit parking on or waiting on footways and verges. Derby City Traffic regulation orders In order to do this, the local authority needs to have designated control of transport and traffic, basically be a unitary authority such as a City or County Authority. In other words, outside of Derby City, only Derbyshire County Council can introduce Traffic Regulation Orders across the County of Derbyshire.
Although Derbyshire are fairly cooperative in providing information, they are reluctant to introduce or change TRO’s or indeed alter the layout of carriageways and footways.
I am looking very carefully and with great interest at the new TRO’s in Derby City and the impact there of. If Traffic and on street parking continues to be an issue on the streets of Erewash, it may be time to start lobbying for a few new TRO’s of our own.
Watch this space.