Two observations made during a damp walk into our little town a couple of weeks ago. The double yellow lines forbid parking, 24/7 and 7/7 in modern terminology, yet nobody takes any notice of them.
Recently I enquired of one of the local custodians of the parking laws why he was ignoring a car parked on a bus stop so that its driver could queue for an ATM, forcing people with disabilities to struggle onto the road as we watched to climb up into the bus rather than walk straight off the pavement; he told me that as the lines were in a bad state of repair no charge would stick in court. The lines in the town centre have now been repainted; they continue to be ignored and my cheery informant is now nowhere to be seen....
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