Red cards are to be handed out to motorists who park irresponsibly in the Mendips area
. The cards are not a parking fine, and are only used for inconsiderate parking, such as areas which cause a danger to pedestrians crossing roads and where visibility may be reduced. Kristy Blackwell, the district council's project officer in community safety, said:
"The red cards are only used for inconsiderate parking and not where vehicles are parked illegally"
So if they're not parking illegally, why are you giving them a red card? Surely if it is dangerous to park somewhere then you should stick some double yellow lines down to stop people from parking there? Either somewhere is or isn't dangerous, and people without local knowledge might assume from the lack of lines that it's okay to park there. The best way to stop inconsiderate parking isn't to hand out red cards, it's from proper road markings. That way, when people inevitably park on them, you can give them a fine (and recoup some money) for having illegally parked in a place that causes danger. None of this meaningless red card crap that inconsiderate drivers will typically ignore. If all you get is a red card for parking in a bad place, what's the real incentive for parking elsewhere? What's to stop them from building up a large collection of red cards in their glovebox? If they're not careful the red card will become far less meaningful than an ASBO.