Chanterlands Avenue accident: Hull City Council cannot enforce parking rules
THE city council has admitted it cannot enforce parking rules after a man was hit by a double-decker bus when he stepped between parked cars in Chanterlands Avenue.
Signs state that drivers can only park for up to two hours in the marked bays.
But because the parking bay markings do not match the paperwork for the restrictions brought in a year ago, Hull City Council cannot enforce it.
Now, shop owners say they fear for the safety of customers because of the problems caused by parked cars.
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Nesta Nelson, supervisor at Beyond Coffee, said she was not surprised by the accident.
"We've seen a few near misses before," she said.
"It's always a really difficult road to get across. Surely it's better to have a safe road than a dangerous one."
Hull City Council said that when the new traffic regulation was put in place, the necessary road markings were not completed in full, with parking bays still needing to be marked out.
Graham Hall, assistant head of service for transport, said the new markings were held up due to wet conditions over the past six months and laying cable last autumn.
Ms Nelson said that drivers parking for long periods of time are causing blind spots for pedestrians and now an accident has happened, that should make the council act.
Ms Nelson said: "There have been plenty of roadworks down Chanterlands Avenue recently, so I don't know why the council couldn't have done it then.
"The council has had ample opportunity to replace them."
Witnesses said that the man stepped out because he could not see the bus coming.
Owner of Scorpio tattoo parlour, Debi Prett, says: "I don't know why this problem hasn't been addressed sooner.
"The parking down here is pretty horrendous."
Councillor John Fareham, chairman for the Wyke area, called the situation "unsatisfactory," but said the weather had not been helpful.
In a statement, the council said: "The accident occurred at a point which is, and will, continue to be a parking bay so irrespective of the lack of markings in place, there would still have been cars parked there."
The council has said that the road markings will be completed by early March.
When the scheme is fully marked up, residents will be notified to apply for permits.