Rule-breaking motorists drive me mad! I want to see more traffic wardens patrol these Derby areas

My heart especially goes out to bus drivers who have to navigate around inconsiderately parked cars on narrow, busy streets

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What is the one single thing that you cannot fathom or appreciate?

For me, inconsiderately parked cars idling on double yellow lines for what seems to be hours on end is one of life’s biggest laments.

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The matter is made all the more frustrating when drivers who commit parking violations do so with impunity and are unconcerned about the bother they cause their fellow drivers.

There are a number of areas in Derby where drivers flagrantly flaunt parking rules.

One of them is on Abbey Street which experiences a high amount of traffic as it is one of the main roads that leads into the city from the equally busy suburb of Littleover.

Abbey Street is home to a number of takeaways including Top Pizza which has double yellow lines directly outside its entrance.

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Whenever I pass this street, either on foot, bus or car, it always seems to have cars parked bumper to bumper.

Now, I am not certainly saying Top Pizza is responsible for inconsiderate parking - I am saying that there is a wider issue of people flouting parking rules nearer takeaways.

Bus drivers of the V3 service operated by trentbarton - which now uses a smaller vehicle in comparison to the larger model from a few years’ ago - still struggles to navigate the corner of Abbey Street.

It is actually quite painful to watch because bus drivers have to work twice as hard to navigate a simple corner and make the snail’s pace crawl up Abbey Street - all the while, they are lazily watched by drivers parked on double yellow lines.

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It is honestly quite shameful how people can be so inconsiderate.

Another area where double yellow lines may as well not exist is Normanton, specifically Normanton Road.

It’s a great area, bustling with wonderful stores… and also packed with numerous cars idling on double yellow lines.

It makes navigating the area a colossal pain - and it makes me want to visit it less.

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It appears I am not the only person who finds drivers parking on double yellow lines a massive source of frustration.

There is a Facebook group dedicated to incomprehensible parking, called Parked Like A T**t, examples of which you can find here.

What can be done?

In my opinion, we need more traffic wardens - a visible presence will act as a deterrent.

On the rare occasion that a driver doesn’t know they are parked on a double yellow line, they can then be reliably informed and hopefully will refrain in future.

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Speaking about parking enforcement, Councillor Carmel Swan, cabinet member for climate change, transport and sustainability, said: “Derby City Council has been carrying out parking enforcement since 2006, using proven methods to ensure restrictions are enforced in a fair, proportionate and consistent manner.

“When issues are reported to us, we are able to send officers from our parking or public protection teams to resolve them and issue penalty charge notices if necessary.

“Residents can report a range of parking issues to us through our website.”

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