Unauthorised parking is a safety lapse not restricted to busy highways alone, the city roads equally are vulnerable to the risks involved in it. Illegal parking on arterial roads is eating away road space, leading to frequent traffic jams and road accidents in the city. Residents and road experts attribute this to the failure of the traffic police in checking unauthorised parking and penalising the offenders. The lapse on the part of the traffic police in enforcing the road rules has resulted in people parking their vehicles, mostly private city buses and cars, on roads blocking traffic flow on arterial roads.
Following the accident last week, in which eight members of a Chennai-based family died after their car rammed into a stationary truck parked on the Chennai-Trichy NH near Samayapuram, the district police swung into action to prevent unauthorised parking on highways.
However, unauthorised parking is not a phenomenon seen only on the highways. Road users accessing the city roads also face inconveniences and dangers due to haphazard parking. Yet the absence of a dedicated drive from traffic police to check this menace is disappointing, say residents.
Apart from cars and bikes, even private buses are parked well on the arterial roads jeopardising the safety of fellow road users.
Three buses belonging to private operators plying between the central bus stand and Thillai Nagar, were found frequently parked on the Royals Road near Vestry School ground. “Parking of buses on a portion of the motorable space is unacceptable and shows the degree of law enforcement in the city. Authorities should act before any mishap happens,” C Balasubramanian, a resident of Selvanagar said. Owing to the parking of private buses on Royals Road, residents had to take risky manoeuvres in accessing Major Saravanan roundabout.