Mission to curb bad driving
A transport campaigner is planning to visit every bus stop in the city for a survey into bad driving habits.
Paul Southwood will take notes and photographs of cars and taxis which pull up in bus stops.
The 65-year-old, who is the disability officer for Leicester and District Trades Union Congress, said he would hand the evidence to Leicester City Council, in the hope the authority would fine misbehaving drivers.
Mr Southwood, of Beaumont Leys, Leicester, said: "Able-bodied people pull into the bus stops just to wait for someone.
"That means when the buses pull up, people have to walk round the cars to get to the bus.
"It means they can not use the dropped kerbs – and they might be disabled or elderly with shopping.
"It is not good for passengers, but also not good for drivers.
"Sometimes there will be more than one car sat in the bus stop."
Mr Southwood, who is also chairman of the Leicestershire branch of the RMT union, started his survey last week.
He said he expected it would take about four months to complete.
"I think I will find absolute chaos and I believe I will show that, in some cases, it will be so bad that to fix it people will have to start all over again with the bus stop or the layout of the road," he said.
"I will be paying particular attention to the Beaumont Leys shopping centre area and St Margaret's bus station, as well as outside the railway station, which is terrible."
Mr Southwood is to present his findings to city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, who last week took charge of the city council's transport from his deputy Rory Palmer. Councillor Palmer will now focus on public health and climate change.
Mr Southwood said: "They could give £50 fines for parking in bus stops. There could be more traffic wardens."