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Lorries and cars parking on roads in Deal and Dover cause hazards to blind and vilunerable

 This picture shows the hazards that irresponsibly parked vehicles cause to the district’s most vulnerable.

Physically disabled people, pram pushing parents and children walking to school would have to negotiate this HGV parked on a pavement in Golf Road, Deal.

But it is a much greater inconvenience to the blind or partially sighted, says the chairman of the Dover and District Branch of Guide Dogs Liz Sykes.

This HGV was parked on the whole of this stretch of pavement in Golf Road, Deal, just metres away from Sandown School

This HGV was parked on the whole of this stretch of pavement in Golf Road, Deal, just metres away from Sandown School

Mrs Sykes, who stays independent with the help of guide dog Ulla, said: “Getting around proves to be a challenge every time a guide dog and its owner leaves home.

“There are over hanging bushes or weeds, bins left out on the pavements, paths being dug up but, the most dangerous and frightening obstruction to a visually impaired person is your path being blocked with a vehicle and having to step out in the road.

“You don’t know how long the vehicle is or, if there are others parked in front of the first vehicle and, even if the road is clear as you start to go round, whether you’re going to get past before moving traffic appears.”

The problem has been highlighted by the district’s two MPs, Charlie Elphicke for Dover and Deal and Craig Mackinlay for Sandwich. They were both at a Guide Dogs event at the House of Commons on Monday last week.

They heard from guide dog owners how parked cars blocking paths force them to walk into oncoming traffic they cannot see.

Those problems were illustrated by Mrs Sykes when she provided this picture of the lorry.

Liz Sykes and Guide Dog Ulla

Liz Sykes and Guide Dog Ulla

Mr Elphicke said: “No one should be forced to walk out into oncoming traffic by cars parked on the pavement. The government must take action to end problem pavement parking. Blind and partially-sighted people should be able to walk the streets without fear.”

Mr Mackinlay said: “Improving access for disabled people is a key priority for the Government and I know that ministers have written to councils on several occasions, encouraging them to use their available powers to prevent parking on the pavement where it is a problem.

“But vehicles parked on pavements are still causing particular problems for people with visual impairments and also to those in wheelchairs or with pushchairs.”

Dover resident Linda Mewes said: “I understand that in some places there are very few places to park but I do think that pavement parking is dangerous and inconvenient to many types of pedestrians.

“It is often impossible to pass on the pavement but, for many, going round in the road is a very dangerous option – especially for the blind, partially sighted, elderly and disabled.”


Looking back at the Isle of Wight April 21, 2017

EACH week we look back at Isle of Wight history and heritage, using the Isle of Wight County Press Archive.For more, please see the Isle of Wight County Press newspaper, every Friday.Search for your own stories by accessing our archive here.[1]

Ten years ago: A lorry fire caused havoc on the main road between Newport and Ryde as commuters and police feared the vehicle might explode.
The fire, which was thought to have been sparked by an electrical fault, saw the road closed for two-and-a-half hours until the lorry finally burnt out.

100 Years Ago
April 21, 1917

IN AN effort to reduce waste, a dining centre was opened at Ryde under the authority of the Ministry of Food.
The centre would economise on food by preparing it in larger quantities than was possible in small households.
It was also reported special attention would be paid to the “preparation of nourishing foodstuffs, such as cereals, which are not familiar to all housewives.”

75 Years Ago
April 25, 1942

The sound of gunshots rang through the air, the telephone exchanges were destroyed, fires raged across Newport and the mayor and town clerk were killed — fortunately for those involved, especially the casualties, it was no more than an invasion training exercise carried out by the Defence Committee.

50 Years Ago
April 22, 1967

Newport Railway Station was abuzz with activity as nine steam engines made their final trip before being scrapped.
The locomotives had been redundant in December 1966, when the lines closed for electrification.

25 Years Ago
April 24, 1992

A Cowes High School pupil proved he was one of the brightest young scientific minds in the country by winning a national electronics contest.
Mark Stewart, 17, won the final of the Young Electronic Designer at the Science Museum of London, impressing the judges with his beam music invention to help children with disabilities.
The invention allowed keyboard sounds to activate a beam of light and, besides the music, it could be adapted to control a mouse cursor on a computer screen.

10 Years Ago
April 20, 2007

The Island’s youth officer blamed 50p bus fares for the rise in inter-town rivalry among young people.
The flat fee was welcomed when it was introduced the year before but George Weech feared young people were abusing it to get around for the wrong reason.
He said inter-town rivalry was beginning to emerge, where groups of youths had been dispersed by the police, leading to some hopping on the bus and going to the next town.


A car has collided into the rear of a refuse collection lorry on Newport Road in Lake this morning (Wednesday). 

The incident has taken place near to the zebra crossing outside Broadlea Primary School.

The Isle of Wight Ambulance Service and Police are on scene having been alerted to the incident at around 07:20.

Traffic is slightly heavy in the area, however the road remains open.

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Scania puts Aussie drivers to the test

ON A coolish Thursday 11 brave but nervous men and one brave and possibly even more nervous woman gathered at Sandown Raceway, having been chosen as finalists for the 2016 Scania Truck Driver Competition.

A biannual event, this was the fifth outing for the Australian version of Scania’s long-running global challenge to find the country’s best truck driver.

“Scania puts 12 talented finalists through a tough series of tests on the road and behind a desk in order to determine who will win the coveted champion status,” Scania Australia brand and communication manager Ron Szulc said.

“This unique competition puts a spotlight on safe, skilful and efficient driving, underscoring the high levels of professionalism among today’s drivers.

“Day-to-day, Australia’s truck drivers are largely unappreciated for the hard work they do against tough deadlines and often in uncomfortable conditions.

“By putting these finalists to the test we expose their high levels of ability, but also importantly give them a chance to meet with other like-minded, passionate and committed drivers who can impact the industry with their professionalism, courtesy and leadership.

“As a company we put a lot of effort into supporting drivers and enhancing their standing within their communities locally and globally via the Scania driver competitions.”

Using Scania G480 prime movers hooked up to a Freighter Curtainsider, the finalists were challenged to undertake 10 manoeuvring activities which included dogleg backing, running prime mover and trailer wheels over a raised 8 inch plank – both forwards and in reverse and many other obstacles in a space that the average car driver would have trouble fitting into.

As well, there was dogleg reversing with a B double and a drive of Melbourne’s traffic infested roads pulling a Schmitz Cargobull Pantech.

In addition to the on the road skills the finalists had to answer 30 road raw questions as well as undertake a simulated media interview to gauge your views on the transport industry and how to improve the lot of transport drivers.

First ‘cab off the rank’ was a character known to many of us in the form of Glenn Yogi Kendall. Speaking to Yogi following his manoeuvring exercises he had two main concerns.

The first was that he wasn’t happy with one of his manoeuvres. The second was that he felt a bit like he was in X Factor.

“There is only one chair available for the winner and me being first I’m in it at the moment, but there are 11 others who want to kick me right out of it,” he said.

As the day progressed, the contestants returned from their driving challenges with varying degrees of confidence.

No one was 100% happy with their performance. In the final analysis they all scored relatively closely. As it turned out that single chair available only to the winner, went to the first person who tried it on for size, one Glenn Yogi Kendall.

He was closely followed by Cameron Henry from Bordertown Haulage in Victoria, whilst one of Glenn’s close friends, Scott Savory from SavTrans in Western Australia filled out the top three.

Glenn was chuffed to take out top spot. “It’s amazing, unbelievable,” he said. “I felt I got one of the first tests wrong, so had to stop and take stock and then focus on every element of the manoeuvring.

“I had to give everything 110%. This event is good to meet other like-minded passionate people want to push themselves forward in this industry.”

Driving a bonneted American truck on a daily basis, Glenn had to come to grips with the cab over.

“I wasn’t alone there. There were only a couple of us who were familiar with the Scanias. I was pretty impressed. It’s a bloody good truck.”

Glenn has a burning passion for setting to right some of the issues he has seen in 20 years driving and four years as the owner of his own business, Kendall Trucking based at Katanning in south west Western Australi.

“The general public’s perception of trucking is they see lumps of metal going down the road. They don’t see that the someone behind that lump of metal is a real-life person that deals with real-life situations and has a life outside of trucks. We need more education and a massive revamp in the transport industry to bring a better level of understanding of what we do.

“Then we’ll be able to attract a better level of driver to the industry.”

Whilst there can only be one winner of an event such as this, there was certainly no losers.

These were 12 of the best drivers in the country and making it to the final was a huge achievement in itself.

Congratulations to all the contestants and to Scania for putting on the event and standing with all Australian truck drivers.