Brixham police warn: 'Think about where you park'

Car parked at Churston, near Brixham

Car parked at Churston - Credit: Brixham Police

The easing of lockdown restrictions means people are out and about more across Torbay - and police are concerned about unsafe parking.

Now officers at Brixham have highlighted an example of where cars have been left at risk of causing a collision.

And they have published a reminder from the Highway Code about where you should not park.

A statement on the Brixham Police’s Facebook page said: “As the weather has improved people are understandably keen to get out on walks in our beautiful countryside.  

“However, some people are not parking their vehicles in a safe manner for other road users.”

Pictures showed cars parked in Churston, at the corner of Copythorne Road by the junction with Church Road.

The statement said: This kind of parking could result in some form of traffic collision.” 

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The post listed 18 examples from the Highway Code of where motorists should not park.

It added: “Please think about where you park.  Failure to adhere to these rules could make you liable to fines under dangerous parking, such as wilful or unnecessary obstruction.”  

Police say the Highway Code tells us you must not stop or park in the following locations, except when forced to do so by stationary traffic:

  • Near a school entrance
  • Anywhere that would prevent access for emergency vehicles
  • On a bus or tram stop, or a taxi rank
  • On the approach to a level crossing
  • Opposite or within 32 feet of a junction, except in an authorised parking bay
  • Near the brow of a hill or humpback bridge
  • Opposite a traffic island or another parked vehicle (if it causes an obstruction)
  • Where you would force another vehicle to enter a tram lane
  • Where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair and mobility vehicle users
  • In front of an entrance to a property
  • On a bend
  • Where you would obstruct a cycle lane
  • A tram or cycle lane during its period of operation
  • A cycle track
  • A pedestrian crossing, including the area marked by the zig-zag lines
  • On the carriageway or the hard shoulder of a motorway (except in an emergency)
  • Taxi bays (as directed by the upright signs and road markings)
  • A road marked with central double white lines, even if a broken white line is on your side of the road, except for dropping off, picking up, loading or unloading.