Car overhang over zig zag lines on zebra crossing ?

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  1. bluenun

    bluenun UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    A vehicle is parked near a zebra crossing, it's wheels are on the white line (so safe) but the vehicle has a rear over hang of 6 foot. So this over hang is 6 foot over the white zig zag lines.
    I was told it is not where the wheels are parked that counts - it's where the vehicle ends. So in other words it's the overhang of the vehicle that marks where the vehicle boundary is. Hence it's illegally parked.

    Does anyone have an opinion or know the actual law ?
     
    Posted: Nov 4, 2020 By: bluenun Member since: Dec 11, 2008
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  2. obscure

    obscure UKBF Ace Free Member

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    My bet is on illegally parked. Regardless of where the wheels are the car is occupying the space. People can't walk through that space nor can they see/be seen through the car and thus it is an obstruction/unsafe.
     
    Posted: Nov 4, 2020 By: obscure Member since: Jan 18, 2008
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  3. alan1302

    alan1302 UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Nothing to do with the wheels - it's the overhang and where the vehicle stops that matters so would be illegal. Can't believe someone needs to ask this though.
     
    Posted: Nov 4, 2020 By: alan1302 Member since: Jun 2, 2018
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  4. estwig

    estwig UKBF Legend Free Member

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    When you say vehicle.....

    If it's a white transit you have an exemption ticket to do as you please!
     
    Posted: Nov 5, 2020 By: estwig Member since: Sep 29, 2006
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  5. Frank the Insurance guy

    Frank the Insurance guy UKBF Regular Full Member

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    :D
     
    Posted: Nov 5, 2020 By: Frank the Insurance guy Member since: Oct 28, 2020
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  6. Newchodge

    Newchodge UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    The point of the zig zag lines is to increase the chance of seeing people at or on the crossing so any part of the vehicle being over the zig zag is an offence.
     
    Posted: Nov 5, 2020 By: Newchodge Member since: Nov 8, 2012
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  7. Paul Norman

    Paul Norman UKBF Ace Free Member

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    The law will support the idea that the overhang of the vehicle determines whether it is illegally parked or not.

    As you describe it, the parking is illegal. And dangerous - blocking visibility for pedestrians.
     
    Posted: Nov 5, 2020 By: Paul Norman Member since: Apr 8, 2010
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  8. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    What do you consider the purpose of the zig zag lines, and the reason they are there

    Do you think there may be a safety reason they are there to allow a clear view of the crossing
     
    Posted: Nov 5, 2020 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  9. Alison Moore

    Alison Moore UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    Yep, as above. If any part of the vehicle overhangs the zig zags then it's an offense. There used to be an 'unwritten rule' that it was only the wheels that counted, but that's never been formal.
     
    Posted: Nov 5, 2020 By: Alison Moore Member since: Aug 4, 2016
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  10. bluenun

    bluenun UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    Thank you all - it seems we all agree it's illegally parked.
     
    Posted: Nov 5, 2020 By: bluenun Member since: Dec 11, 2008
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