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Twisted logic of Czech drivers: I used the sidewalk, there was no spot

In Brno, Cars, Law on September 14, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

In terms of parking, Czechs have to be the most arrogant people slash drivers on the planet. If you ever read a Lonely Planet guide about some Asian country where traffic rules mean nothing on the road, then I maintain that the LP guide on the Czech Republic should be updated to include the information that rules mean nothing for many Czechs who need to park their car.

For some reason many Czechs think they are entitled to park their car right in front of their house. Yesterday I saw cops giving ticket to a middle-aged woman who parked unscrupulously on a sidewalk right in front of her house, arguing “Where else should I have parked? There is no free spot here”. She was visibly upset when the cop told her to circle around in search for a spot…

Some people just don't care... sidewalks are frequently used if some people can't find a spot (left). Or they "park in the second row", blocking other cars. Notice the "sorry" note on the dashboard...

Some people just don't care... sidewalks are frequently used if some people can't find a spot (left). Or they "park in the second row", blocking other cars. Notice the "sorry" note on the dashboard...

Similarly, it has become a strange habit in downtown Brno to park right behind already parked cars and to place an excuse note with a cell phone number on the dashboard. So when the driver of the boxed car comes, he can just dial the number and let the phone ring just once, and hang up – so the owner of the second car knows he must move it. This has been tolerated by the cops because technically speaking this practice is illegal.

One Response to “Twisted logic of Czech drivers: I used the sidewalk, there was no spot”

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