Inconsiderate parking

Would a fire engine be able to get to your home in an emergency? That’s the question Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is asking residents throughout Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.

A fire engine needs 10ft (3 metres) clearance to pass safely. Streets congested with parked cars can delay fire engines and other emergency service vehicles attending an incident.

Road safety manager Keith Wheeler said: "Many streets were not designed to accommodate the number of cars that residents want to park in them.

"We are urging residents to think about their parking as they could be putting the lives of their families, friends and neighbours at risk. 

“The way cars are parked can mean the difference between the emergency services saving a life or not.

"Cars may be able to pass down streets which have restricted access due to double parking or incorrect parking, but fire engines and ambulances can’t."