Pavement parking offenders could have car tyres punctured in seconds by deadly road spike

Pavement parking offenders could have car tyres punctured in seconds by deadly road spike

Pavement parking offenders could be penalised with vehicle damage if the new devices are installed across urban areas. The tool is the size of a small orange with the tool designed to be positioned in their thousands across kerbs and pavements.

This is because current prototypes of the device are fitted with a spring rate of just 200kg.

As well as stopping motorists parking their vehicles over the kerbs of urban areas, the tools also have an extra safety edge.

Mr Read says the tool was inspired after watching footage of terror attacks where vehicles had mounted pavements and struck pedestrians.

He claims the car used to attack pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in March 2017 would have been “undriveable”  had its tyres been punctured by the device.

Commenting on the ETA website, one user said: “In the narrow cul-de-sac where I live cars, including ours park on the pavements!

“If we all parked on the narrow road two abreast…. NOBODY would be able to dive into the road at all! Think on!”

Another user also warned that many roads were “too narrow and congested” for the tool to be installed on roads.

The user also added that many drivers could be put at risk and penalised for simply moving out of traffic such as an emergency vehicle.

The user said: “If a driver can safely mount a kerb to permit an ambulance to pass and get to an emergency before it’s too late, I would argue it’s chronically irresponsible for them to remain in the road and not permit the vehicle to pass.

“Plenty of our roads are simply too narrow and too congested for this to be in any way viable.

“Both due to the increased delays to emergency services vehicles, and more importantly, because in many many places it is vital that cars be allowed to park on the pavement to facilitate traffic parking.”

Published at Wed, 22 Jul 2020 09:22:32 +0000