Fury as drivers are filmed mounting the pavement outside homes to skip road closures ‘a week’ after issue was reported to council
- Motorists were filmed driving on a pavement in Southall, West London
- The video shows a string of cars waiting to to through the gap
- Ealing Council closed off the pavement but the signs were removed
Drivers have been filmed driving on the pavement outside residents’ homes to avoid road closures ‘a week’ after it was reported to council.
A string of cars were seen ignoring the closed road signs in Ealing, West London, in footage posted online the week after a similar video, tagging the council, was uploaded.
Motorists drove on the open pathway, sparking fury from residents who voiced safety concerns over the issue.
The video posted on Twitter showed that drivers are still 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.’
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 in footage posted on social media
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
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 without 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, 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 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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