Tuesday 26 July 2005 11.01am
This is a very very very old issue. Residents had hoped it might be solved when the road was designated a red route, as before then it was subject to Southwark's enforcement powers and they did b*gger all.
The broadening of Tooley Street
's pavements a couple of years ago was also supposed to have the side effect of narrowing the carriageway so that if these coaches did park there they could be moved on by the police because of the obstruction they were causing. Not sure this has ever happened though. You could make a Freedom of Information request to the Southwark Commander asking for any data they hold on this.
Basically the problem is that most of these coaches are foreign registered, so if a parking ticket is issued it never gets paid by the overseas company. Of course, they could try something like taking a photo of each offending coach and entering it into a database of vehicles they've issued tickets to. Then, the next time the coach rolls into the UK at Dover or Harwich they could fine it on the spot before it comes up to London.
More effective would be to send one of those mega-tow trucks and impound the damn things until a very large fine has been paid.
There is nowhere for them to park legally.