‘Thoughtless parking a growing problem’ for county’s emergency services
Fire engines have been blocked by badly parked cars in a string of incidents
Thoughtless and inconsiderate parking on the county’s roads could mean lives are put at risk, it has been warned.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is calling on drivers in the county to park more carefully after a string of incidents saw crews unable to reach their destination due to cars being in the way.
In the latest incident, firefighters were not responding to an emergency call – but still took seven minutes to get down one residential street.
Crews were taking part in routine checks on Fanshawe Road and Rustat Road in Cambridge.
In the past, Mill Road has been flagged up as a problem area in Cambridge, but firefighters added that any narrow road with on-street parking could present difficulties.
A Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We urge motorists to take extra care when parking their vehicles so they don’t prevent our fire engines, and other emergency services, from attending potentially life-threatening emergencies.
‘A growing problem and thoughtless parking’
“This is a growing problem due in part to an increase in car ownership, reduced or unused resident parking areas, traffic calming schemes and thoughtless parking by some motorists.
“The problem can be compounded during the school pick-up and drop-off times and at night.”
The spokesman added that the average fire engine is just under three metres (nine feet) wide and eight metres (26 feet) long.
He said: “When you park your vehicle in a narrow street, always check you have left enough room for a fire engine to get past.
“We like to use the term inconsiderate parking because we don’t believe people mean to leave their vehicles in such difficult places that won’t potentially allow the emergency vehicles through.
“We encourage people to think that we could be on our way on that emergency call to their friends and family – so please be considerate when you park your vehicles.”