Councils give warnings about overhanging trees blocking footpaths – why not parked cars?
From the City of Glen Eira web site:
Property owners are responsible for keeping trees and shrubs under control and trimmed back to ensure pedestrian safety and clear sightlines for drivers.
If a Council notice is sent requesting that trees or shrubs be trimmed, the work must be completed within 14 days.
Property owners who do not comply with a notice within 14 days will be issued with an official warning notice. This provides a further 10 days to complete the work. If action is still not taken within the required timeframe a penalty notice of $200 may be issued and a contractor engaged by Council to undertake the necessary work. The property owner is responsible for the contractor’s fees.
Wouldn’t it be nice if they were as keen in preventing this far more common intrusion onto footpaths:
This is inconvenient for all footpath users, but can be downright hazardous for those in wheelchairs and other mobility aids, as well as pushing prams and strollers, and children riding their bikes (which is quite legal, I might add).
While you occasionally hear of people being rightly fined for it, it doesn’t seem to be very common.
It’s particularly galling when there is plenty of space on the street (or in the driveway they’re not quite using). People are just being lazy — as well as thoughtless and inconsiderate.
Perhaps a better way for Councils to deal with it would be to do as per the trees: first send a notice advising people not to illegally block the footpath… if they keep doing it, get a contractor to tow the car and charge them costs.