No matter how frustrating finding a parking space during the school run is, don’t give up and block the exit of a fire station.
A parent who couldn’t find anywhere else to park blocked a fire station in Wiltshire with their car while dropping off their child, then refused to move it.
Photos of the white Mercedes A180 show it parked directly outside Cricklade Fire Station, opposite St Sampson’s Church of England Primary School.
Even though firefighters asked the driver to move their vehicle to somewhere more sensible, the motorist refused, emergency services said.
Writing on Twitter, the fire station said: ‘Yet again inconsiderate parking at school pick-up time.
‘Remember it is a traffic offence to block any emergency service vehicle and you could be prosecuted. The owner was asked to move the vehicle but declined to.’
Royal Wootton Bassett Police has called on the primary school to take action.
Many parents of pupils at the school expressed their anger over the debacle on social media.
Rachel Deller posted: ‘It’s pointless the amount of times our school has done it they still park where they like mount the kerb and generally do what they like.
David Paul said: ‘Absolutely disgusting. They should be prosecuted at every opportunity. Name and shame them. Have the vehicle towed away, cause them some inconvenience.’
Another said: ‘They need reminding, anything is worth a try, they must live in the community, family, friends that might one day be in danger, trapped, need rescuing but sorry the fire appliance can’t turn out, someone as just dumped their car outside the fire station, seconds cost lives.
‘You can tell them till you’re blue in the face the only way to stop it is to keep fining them honest I see these kind of people on a daily basis and they are pure arrogance.’