New road markings in English town suspiciously wobbly

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The badgers are a bit off their game since the latest TB scare but they normally do a good job.


Can’t beat this one!


Isn’t that true of libertarian philosophy in general?


Maybe the town is drunk and the painter is sober.


Ah, now, his key mistake? He needed to be wearing a reflective safety vest and a hard hat, maybe a tool belt.

At least, here in Ontario you can get away with just about anything if you’re wearing those… :thinking:


Well, and pants.


No, he specified Ontario.

Cottage Emo


Well yes, most of the time.


This sounds like it could be the basis for Hot Fuzz II : The Tarnished Lane


Just for my own understanding, is that a driveway gate behind the lines? Maybe the owner was a little miffed at the city turning his entryway into a parking spot (I’m assuming that’s what the white line might be)?


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Knoxblox: No, that’s an actual road. You can see the road name between the door and drainpipe. It’s a cul-de-sac (that’s the T shape you can just make out behind the drainpipe), so no other way out. So, yeah, best guess is it’s someone who lives down the road and is pissed off because of parked cars making turning in and out nigh on impossible.

Edit: Sorry, yes there’s a gate as well, so it could also be that guy.

I doubt they are responsible. So far no one has claimed overtime.

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No, it’s a proper street. Probably not usable if people park right up to the junction, though.

Just checked on Google Maps. It’s a narrow road with 10-12 flats/office units, but also access to the back yards and garages behind the larger streets on either side. If people can’t use it, it’s going to affect parking for several streets around.

No, that indicates the edge of the road, and that one can’t park aross the line i.e. with wheels on the pavement (aka sidewalk).

The Highway Code (official guidance, testable in a driving test) says that one shouldn’t park opposite or within 10 m of a junction anyway, though it’s not illegal.

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The white line means “No parking next to the dropped curb” (ie the driveway), so it should have been enough to stop people parking there (the additional US style “No parking” sign on the gate makes me think the owner has issues with people parking there)*. If you look at the area, you’ll see it’s a narrow street, with way too many cars to easily park round there. So I guess it’s a typical neighbourhood parking war.
I blame GCHQ brain control myself, it’s only a couple of miles down the road.

-* The “driveway in constant use” part always makes me laugh. Mate, if it was really in ‘constant’ use you wouldn’t need the sign, the phrase you’re looking for is ‘occasional use’.

I didn’t notice the dropped kerb. That means parking is forbidden there anyway, white line or not.

Badgers? Or Wombles? They are familiar with painted lines on roads.

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