Fury as drivers are filmed mounting the pavement outside homes to skip road closures ‘a week’ after issue was reported to council
- Motorists were caught illegally driving on a pavement in Southall, West London
- The drivers made the pavement unsafe for use for residents and school children
- The video shows a string of cars waiting to to through the gap
- Ealing Council closed off the pavement but the signs were removed
A video posted on Twitter showed that drivers were still carelessly and illegally driving on the pavement in front of people’s homes to avoid road closures a week after it was reported to Ealing council.
A string of cars continued to ignore the closed road signs and potentially risked the safety of some school children in Southall, Ealing, West London.
Motorists drove on the open pathway leaving it redundant to not only residents but the children attending Beaconsfield Primary School on Beaconsfield Road.
The illegal driving left people scared for the safety of the pupils when trying to walk to and from school as motorists continued their selfish behaviour despite the council closing it off.
The video posted on Twitter showed that drivers are still carelessly and illegally driving on the pavement in front of people’s homes to avoid road closures a week later
The video was uploaded to Twitter on Wednesday, January, 4, 2023 which caused a stir on social media as people feared for people and their children walking by.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘It’s unbelievable Jeff. Some poor kid is going to get killed.’
Another social media user wrote: ‘Woooowwww all of these drivers should receive a lifetime ban. What horrendously reckless behaviour.’
The short video showed at least six cars by-passing the roadworks and using the pavement while only one red four-by-four followed the diversion.
At the end of the video a motorist on a bike can be seen overtaking another driver while more cars queue behind.
Motorists drive on the open pathway in West London leaving it redundant to not only residents but the children attending Beaconsfield Primary School
Cars such as this one wouldn’t drive around and follow the diversion but instead they used the pavement to drive on illegally
The short video showed six cars by-passing the roadworks and using the pavement while only one red four by four followed the diversion
After the council were made aware of the illegal driving they closed off the pathway but this was later removed with out permission.
An Ealing Council spokesperson said: ‘Affinity Water put in place appropriate ‘no entry’ signs which covered the carriageway section and the council closed the footpath once we were made aware of this driver behaviour.
‘However, these were removed and careless and inconsiderate drivers continued to put pedestrian lives at risk by driving on the pavement.
‘The police were alerted to this dangerous behaviour. The works were completed earlier this week.’
The criminal offence carries a fine and penalty points, but if classified as careless or dangerous driving it can result in disqualification, an unlimited fine and even imprisonment.
Highway Code Rule 145 states: ‘You MUST NOT drive on or over a pavement, footpath or bridleway except to gain lawful access to property, or in the case of an emergency’.
This video came just a week after another when residents filmed a similar sight of chaos on Thursday, December, 29, 2022.
Cars in Southall, West London, carelessly chose to ignore road closure signs as they drove on the pavement last week
The vehicles are captured in a steady line, one behind the other, as they drive along the path last week
Other clips shot a couple of days prior also captured a man telling off the reckless drivers for refusing to obey the signs.
The angry pedestrian attempted to have the motorist reverse back down the path as he blocked the way forward. He held his ground and waved at the driver until they gave in and turned the other way.
Another showed people moving cones out of the way to make room for cars, vans, and motorbikes to drive through.
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