Wednesday, 20. August 2014
11. 06. 14. - 16:00
There are wheel clamps and there are wheel clamps - and in the Russian city of Novokuznetsk there are concrete blocks so heavy that you need a crane to move them.
The blocks are the city's antidote to errant parkers. From now on, anyone who parks where he should not has to contend with a chunk of reinforced concrete blocking their way.
According to the head of the Central District, Alexander Popov, this should "make the car owners leave their cars in the proper parking lots".
The main target of the concrete clamps is an area around the local hospital which is choked by rogue parkers.
"The concrete blocks will stay in place for a minimum of 24 hours after people pay the fine to make them start realising they must obey the law," said Popov.
He said: "We tried will clamps that they were expensive and people did find ways to remove them from letting down the tyres, taking off the wheel and replacing it with the spare, or even cutting them off. So this option proved expensive.
"The concrete blocks however are impossible to move without heavy lifting gear which the average person doesn't have lying around. Since I've been using the policy, illegal parking has fallen by 50 percent – which in my book shows that the heavy-handed tactics are working."
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