Is this the worst parking in South Tyneside?

Parking near to Mount Terrace.
Parking near to Mount Terrace.

Bay invaders, pavement hogs and downright daft drivers.

Don’t they really grind your gears?

Parking at Morrisons in Jarrow.

Parking at Morrisons in Jarrow.

Our Gazette readers have been out on watch across South Tyneside, catching some of the best dozy parking on camera.

And some of the region’s motorists are parking-mad!

But while some grumble, groan and even giggle at the vehicles taking over three bays, dominating the pavement or blocking the road, it’s important to know the law.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police has urged members of the public to think of the impact their poor parking could have on others.

Parking in Chichester.

Parking in Chichester.

They said: “Parking inconsiderately and irresponsibly not only causes a nuisance and an obstruction to other road users, but it can be dangerous, particularly in areas used frequently by pedestrians.”

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety, called on those leaving their vehicles in council car parks to abide by regulations, and park correctly.

She said: “People using council-owned car parks must park wholly within a designated bay. Those who fail to do so put themselves at risk of receiving a parking ticket.

“I would urge motorists to park in accordance with the regulations which are clearly displayed at all our car parks, and park with due consideration for other drivers.”

Parking at Prince Edward Road.

Parking at Prince Edward Road.

While some of the “bad” parking spotted in the North East, such as parking across multiple bays, may not be illegal, a rise in parking vigilantes has led to people being named and shamed on websites and social media.

Writing on the Gazette Facebook page, many complained about inconsiderate drivers causing problems in the community, due to their “carelessness”.

One reader said: “[The] town’s full of idiots, if you can’t park in a straight line there’s something wrong.

“Half of drivers drive cars that are too big for them and they can’t judge the size.”

Another called for cars to be “towed away and crushed” when they are parked badly. Many also complained about footpaths being blocked by vehicles.

What’s your biggest parking bugbear?