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New blog names and shames selfish drivers
A NEW blog has been set up to ‘name’ and shame selfish drivers who park in disabled spaces, on double yellow lines and pavements or decide they need two parking spaces to protect their fancy vehicles from scratches.
The Cyprus Drivers blog was created for the purpose of taking photos of offenders and posting them online. Two weeks after its creation, it already has 282 views.
Under the pseudonym ‘Andreas Halloumis’, the blog creator spoke to the Sunday Mail and explained that the idea came about because bad parking is not a one or two case phenomenon but endemic.
“If there’s going to be a change in attitude, it has to be from the bottom up. People need to stop being so tolerant,” he says. He went on to speak of a ‘macho culture’ where owners of expensive cars in particular think they can park anywhere at any time.
The aim of the blog, says the creator, “is not to offend or insult anyone, but rather to raise awareness of this phenomenon”.
He explained that he hopes that by posting photos of this kind of wrongdoing, the phenomenon will become a matter of discussion and eventually one that will die out.
Part of this campaign is an option found on the blog called “Issue your own parking ticket!” which visitors can save and print. Upon finding a car parked badly, they can place the ticket, informing them that a photo of their wrongdoing will be found online for everyone to see - thus the ‘shaming’. Options on the ticket include “two spots, one car”, “over the painted lines”, “diagonal parking”, “double yellow” and “you got legs that work”.
The blog creator felt the need to emphasise that issuing a ticket is meant to be funny but at the same time raise awareness.
As a sign of how far Cyprus still has to go in terms of considerate parking, Halloumis was reluctant to allow his real name to be printed in the newspaper. After all, ‘named and shamed’ drivers are unlikely to be grateful for their fame.
Visit the blog at cyprusdrivers.blogspot.com