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Parents were left fuming after an Audi driver left their car parked in the middle of the pavement outside of a Merseyside school.
Near the St Bartholomew's School in Rainhill, a white Audi was parked fully on the pavement, blocking most of the path.
A picture of the car was shared on Facebook, with people quickly weighing in on the situation.
One parent said: "Why do some people who are collecting children from St Bart's believe that it's totally acceptable to park on the pavement?"
"Where is the common sense in thinking it's okay to park your car completely on the pavement?" they continued.
The parent then continued to question how the driver thought people 'in wheelchairs, with prams or, in this case, walking with the aid of a stick' could get past safely.
"This person (the Audi driver) then proceeded to argue with my parents, who took the picture, that it was acceptable as they had an emergency call and needed to collect children from Rainhill High and St Bart's, IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE and you have been reported", the parent then claimed.
Many were quick to share in the parent's dismay, with one saying noting that "Obstructive parking should be a motoring offence, if you can't park safely then you can't drive. Should be 3 points on someone's licence for that, it's as dangerous as speeding".
Others, however, came to the driver's defence, with one person saying: "I completely get your frustration but maybe their child has additional needs and is not road aware and this is their safest option".
This isn't the first time parking has caused issues near UK schools in recent months.
In Cardiff, parking in a suburb near the Llanishen Fach Primary School in Rhiwbina has gotten 'a lot worse' over the past year, as per Wales Online.
"Rhiwbina was once a pleasant suburb but has now become a car park", said governor Dave Thomson.
Thomson noted that parents seem to think it is 'almost acceptable' to block residents' drives in the area.
"I remember a traffic warden turning up and all the parents leaving the sports day to move their cars. People had parked willy-nilly on yellow lines and quite clearly they were frightened of being punished. The same thing happened the following year", Thomson recalled.
Thomson noted that he thought the problem could be eased if more parents took their children to school on foot, adding that he believed a 'large majority' of parents lived close enough to do so.