Binmen are to shame motorists on their rounds by leafleting cars that are blocking roads, amid a rise in parking problems due to lockdown. Waste collectors working for West Somerset Partnership will be slapping “please park carefully” notices from the fire services on poorly parked cars. Both public services have found that lockdown has meant a huge rise in people working from home and leaving their vehicles parked in ways that make it difficult to get public services vehicles down the road.
The leaflets will be put on cars in order to shame people into parking conscientiously even if parked illegally. The leaflet will ask people to park close to the kerb, leave enough space for a fire engine or ambulance to pass, leave extra room near tight corners and to fold in wing mirrors.
The refuse service has decided to act after even their smaller vehicles were unable to weave their way through the unusual amount of poorly parked cars. A spokesman for the company said “With the amounts of rubbish and recycling being put out our crews are working really hard. Not being able to collect because they can’t get down a street makes their job even harder and causes disruption to services. For the emergency services it could be a matter of life and death. With more cars at home all day we know it is tough, but please do think when you park.” (Source: drawn from The Telegraph 27/4)