Our branch of the German Post Office is cost cutting. Instead of renting a building with silly things like disabled access and a loading bay for deliveries, they have moved into a small desk in the local electronics store with four steep steps to give disabled customers the opportunity to feel really ignored, and absolutely nowhere to fit a delivery van.

In the bad old days when drivers were employed and drove yellow post office trucks, this would have posed a problem. Drivers would  waste time finding a safe parking space some 50 metres away (next to the old post office for example) and then take several minutes to haul wagons full of post. This was obviously uneconomical, so now the post office contracts out to anyone with a truck -or anyone who can rent a truck)-and the drivers know that if they aren’t quick enough someone else will be in the job next week. This ensures the drivers can’t let outdated ideas like safety get in the way of making a timely delivery.

This van has seen the post office where he needs to pick up the mail, but is unable to find a safe parking space. Knowing full well that the red and blue ‘no stopping or parking’ sign is a throw-over from the old days, it pulls onto the Motor Vehicle Overflow Zone (Previously known as the pavement or sidewalk).

The van is now several metres beyond the door, which could mean loosing precious seconds, so it then reverses along the Motor Vehicle Overflow Zone o so he can be right opposite the Post Office entrance.  But wait, what is this? people are getting in the way of commerce by walking on the pavement motor vehicle overflow zone, causing vehicles to pull onto the road and inconvenience other drivers.

Fortunately at this moment a driveway entrance became available across the road, so the van was able to park across that, and save those vital seconds.

This, of course, shows why cycling on pavements is dangerous: you could obstruct reversing trucks.

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