asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the traffic congestion and danger to human life caused by cars and lorries parking on both sides of narrow roads; and whether he will take steps to ensure that on roads less than 15 feet wide parking will only be permitted on a unilateral basis, variable each side of the road or street on odd and even dates, distinguishable by a coloured marking disc.
I am well aware of this problem. Local traffic authorities are empowered by the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1967 to make regulations restricting waiting in these roads and may adopt alternating unilateral waiting if they consider it necessary.
There is a prescribed sign for use in making this type of order. But, if unilateral waiting is called for, it is frequently more satisfactory to be permanently on one side.