A fairly ‘extreme’ new device has been designed to puncture the tyres of cars that attempt to park on pavements to discourage drivers from blocking public walkways.
Cars blocking pavements have become a common problem for pedestrians, paricularly wheelchair users and parents pushing buggies, who often have to go into the road to avoid cars that are parked illegally and dangerously on the pavement.
Pavement parked cars are also causing problems for emergency services vehicles accessing narrow roads, resulting in warnings being issued to drivers about the dangers of poor parking.
The device, called Catclaw, exposes a sharp spike that punctures the tyre(s) of a vehicle that drives over it, discouraging pavement parking or parking on narrow roads. It's about the size of half a tennis ball and easy to install on to the curbside with no threat to pedestrians due to the weight based triggers. While the inventor of the device claims that the response to Catclaw has been positive overall, not everyone agrees.
Those opposed to the device say it will do far more harm than good, as it causes severe and costly damage to tyres. It could potentially also leave people, particularly the elderly, stranded until the tyres are replaced or repaired.
Whether or not the ‘extreme’ devices are installed on our streets remains to be seen, but one thing is clear; illegal pavement parking is a national problem and drivers should always park considerately and only park on pavements where signs state clearly they are permitted to do so.
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