Why we created a ‘Park Safely’ pledge

As a result of a photograph of a Royal Mail van which was parked blocking the pavement, which was sent to me by the Guide Dogs Engagement Officer in Liverpool, I felt that we had to do something to support the campaign.

Guide Dogs Liverpool shared a video highlighting the problem of pavement parking with us. This video shows a service user with a ‘dog cam’ fitted to her guide dog experiencing serious road risks due to inconsiderate parking.

When viewed at Royal Mail depots the footage from the dog cam generally made many people feel embarrassed, as most of our drivers do this very regularly. Inconsiderate acts can be challenged, many of our members felt the video impacted on them as individuals and not as a collective group.

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Following this, The Communication Workers Union (CWU) in Merseyside has now introduced a ‘Park Safely’ pledge into all of its delivery offices within the Merseyside boundary.

The campaign called Kerb Your Enthusiasm, has one single aim, which is to discourage CWU union members in Royal Mail, from double parking and parking on the pavement. The campaign is run in partnership with Guide Dogs UK.

The campaign highlights the negative impacts of double and pavement parking, through widespread distribution of the ‘Park Safely’ pledge leaflets to all depots. In addition the video has been shared not only in Merseyside delivery offices but also across the North West and West Central regions within Royal Mail. It has also been uploaded onto the Royal Mail’s intranet site meaning that it can be viewed by any depot in the UK.

The feedback from CWU members has been very positive, with many of our drivers admitting they didn’t fully realise the impact that inconsiderate parking can have on others.
The CWU in Merseyside is fully committed to working with partners such as Guide Dogs and Merseyside Police.

We have now asked CWU colleagues working in Parcel Force, B.T and Virgin Media to support the campaign.

Jamie McGovern
Area Health and Safety Representative (CWU Greater Mersey Branch).

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This blog was written by Jamie McGovern, Area Health and Safety Representative (Communication Workers Union Greater Mersey Branch)