DOUBLE STANDARD? A reader snapped this shot of a speed camera van blocking the footpath at Yamanto.
DOUBLE STANDARD? A reader snapped this shot of a speed camera van blocking the footpath at Yamanto.

Outcry after police speed trap van blocks path

PARKING on the footpath is illegal; that is unless you are a police officer trying to catch other people breaking the law.

Last week an Ipswich resident snapped this photo of a speed camera van parked on Warwick Rd, Yamanto.

The van is blocking the footpath, leaving anyone needing wheelchair access, or pushing a pram, with nowhere to go but up onto the grass.

If a member of the public had parked there, they could be fined $48 for blocking the walkway.

Police, however, are exempt from this law during the "performance of duty".

"Operators are to ensure that pedestrians can safely move around the vehicle should it be parked on a footpath," a spokesperson for Queensland Police said, in a written statement when asked if the van was parked legally.

"There are a number of sites where speed camera vehicles are required to be placed on footpaths to minimise the impact to traffic flows and to avoid congestion. Warwick Rd, Yamanto, is an approved mobile speed camera site."

One reader, who asked not to be named for fear of being targeted by police, said in this instance too much of the path had been blocked.

"How is anyone in a wheelchair supposed to get past safely?" they said.

"I'm all for enforcing the road rules but it's pretty frustrating when you feel like there are two sets of rules, one for police and one for everyone else.

"Seems a lot like a double standard."

Queensland Times Facebook followers responded with mixed reactions.

Emma McLeod said she had no issue with police speed traps, except when there were other options available to them.

"When they do it when there are other options - that's a bit rude. A mother pushing her pram with a toddler would need to endanger both children by walking out onto the side of the road to go around this van - that's not okay," she said.

Alex Stevens said the police set many double standards.

"From speeding, mobile phones, parking, the police are supposed to set examples not ignore them," he said.

He said he believed because they wear the uniform they should uphold the laws.