Following my observations here a few weeks ago, and the news that the council were going to start charging the cretins who keep driving into the bollards in the town centre, it seems some people are still determined to ruin their vehicles, or those of the company for which they work, all in the name of skipping a few hundred metres of road. The latest driver to fall foul of the ‘ignoring warning signs and lights and think I’ll be able to scoot through’ disease even has the audacity to be arguing his case, albeit anonymously (presumably he’s had enough of looking stupid in public). Although, if I were quoted as saying something like, “We were launched into the air. It lifted the van so quickly that I smashed my head on the windscreen,” as he was, I’m not sure I’d want my face attached to the article either.
The argument between driver and council this time is that the bollards are only meant to be active from 11am. The driver claims to have attempted to cross over at two minutes to eleven. The council claim it was two minutes past. The state of the front of his van seems to provide a pretty conclusive answer:
Accusations of tailgating are being strongly denied although one fails to see how it could have happened any other way, as the bollards are set to stay up once the first car after 11am has passed over them. Unless the driver simply drove into a fully positioned bollard. Then he would look stupid and I’d definitely not want people to know who I was if I’d done that.