Thinking outside the box van: Birlea Furniture (@Birlea_Ltd)

The EU are currently looking at whether to allow bigger and longer trucks. Birlea Furniture put together a helpful display of a double-box lorry, CX07AXU, on Tavistock Place, showing how they can be seamlessly integrated into our towns and cities.

By driving over the kerbs and parking in the cycle track, which is designed for much lower weight loads, the driver has helpfully ensured that the road surface is kept in good condition, and that Important People aren’t inconvenicned. By forcing half a dozen cyclists each minute to swing out into the oncoming traffic, Birlea Furniture are sending an important message about the consequences that these bicyclists’ selfish choices have for fragile British business.

Well done, Birlea Furniture.

We hope that by thinking outside the box we keep you happy…

Edited to add: Almost simultaneously, Pedestrian Liberation happened to post on HGV parking and loading rules.

8 thoughts on “Thinking outside the box van: Birlea Furniture (@Birlea_Ltd)”

  1. I wonder if the double yellows where in operation at the time of this? Either way, an appalling bit of parking and it just shows that they would rather endanger cyclists than inconvenience motorised vehicles.

  2. I thought the sole point of single vs. double-yellows is that double-yellows are *always* in operation. If only driving on cycle tracks were illegal and enforced as vigilantly as driving on mandatory cycle lanes… oh wait, it probably is.

  3. Is it possible to bring private prosecutions for traffic offences, including “trivial” ones like this? The fine would be pathetic, but it might be possible to make it extremely inconvenient and time consuming for the company involved (I would say both the furniture company and the lorry company? I have no idea – just a thought.

  4. As a life long cyclist – and also a truck driver; you have to consider everyones problems here, to be fare. He is allowed to unload on yellow lines (double or not). Loading restrictions are indicated by yellow stripes perpendicular to the road marked on the kerb. Also look at his problem, if he parks entirely on the road his width (not length) will prevent other lorries from passing, thus stopping everyone. He has left a complete cycle lane between himself and the kirb, so showing IMO an awareness of the problems cyclists face.
    In summary it is his width not length causing the difficulty and he is doing his best in the circumstances. The real question is why is a company needing such delivery vehicles allowed to operate from these premises?

    1. Absolutely no excuse for crossing the kerb. There’s a reason HGVs are banned from doing it: pavements and cycle tracks, and the underlying utilities, aren’t built to take the weight.

      If the truck is going to be an obstruction here, park somewhere else. Why does a furniture company not have a trolley to wheel the goods ’round from a legitimate loading space? I’m sure that drivers are under all sorts of pressures, which is why the employers must take a lot of the blame — either for failing to ensure anti-social driving doesn’t happen, or for putting drivers under the sort of pressure that encourages anti-social driving.

      The company is delivering to, not operating from the premises.

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