Woman furious as white van driver brazenly parks ’50cm from her front door’

A woman is fuming after a white van was parked on the pavement outside home – all of 50cm from her front door.

Margherita Mecenero was heading out of her home in the Stoke suburb of Etruria when she found the vehicle right outside.

Another vehicle then arrived and blocked her car in.

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Margherita, 47, who works for Bet365, called out for the driver, who eventually apologised before moving the van.

But she says the cul-de-sac has been plagued with problem parkers ever since she arrived four years ago – and she is now demanding that the council cracks down on inconsiderate motorists.

“I opened the door around 10am to get to my car which was parked in front of the house. Right in front of me, I had this van parked on the pavement. I did not know what to say,” she told Stoke on Trent Live.

“It was blocking my door so I was, like, ‘Hello’ to see if someone was there because the back of the van was wide open.

“They are scaffolding two houses away from mine. He parked in front of mine and my neighbour's door, [even though] there were other spaces to park.”

She added: "Parking is crazy … There has been a problem with traffic forever.

“We feel like we are not looked after in this area and no one cares or respects the people who live here. This example was really extreme because it’s never happened before where it's right outside the door.

“There should be some signs or cameras to say if you park like this you will get fined. The council needs to look after this area a bit better.”

Rules surrounding pavement parking could change, with the Department of Transport “actively considering” a ban.

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At the moment, parking on the pavement is illegal only in London, but a new ban would cover the whole of England. Drivers outside can currently park on the pavement, although it is illegal to drive on one.

However, motorists blocking paths cause problems for pedestrians – and especially for the elderly, disabled people and those with prams or pushchairs.

A spokesperson for LeaseCar.uk said: “At the moment, there is a significant grey area when it comes to parking on pavements.

“Although people are advised to keep the pavements clear for pedestrians, there are many places in the UK where roads are so narrow that you have no option but to park your car on the pavement.”


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