- 12 Apr 2019
Indeed elements of all that....creating a system that means a percentage of the traffic is people driving round and round for even longer, trying to find obscure nooks and crannies that were overlooked when the restrictions were made and therefore can still be parked in without exposing yourself to the legalised extortion racket (or, having already found them on previous occasions, driving round and round to find ones not already occupied by other people who have found them too). Also, dropping someone off and then driving round and round the block to wait for them while they "just pop in somewhere for five minutes" and end up taking half an hour over it, and other similar rip-off avoidance stratagems on the same principle.
I had a former colleague who just parked in a 2 hour space at 8am in the morning and left his car there till he left work at 5ish. No enforcement ever taken, no one else could use the space, so the driving round or looking elsewhere for anyone else would still happen.
Never understood why people think parking should be free. Land is not free, and can be used for more productive purposes. Parking is often a very cheap use of prime land.
But this is off topic.