Online sensation as Facebook shames Doncaster’s worst drivers

BAD drivers in a Yorkshire town are being shamed online for their poor parking, in what is rapidly becoming an internet sensation.

Bad drivers are being named and shamed on Facebook

The Facebook group aimed at highlighting examples of selfish parking in Doncaster has proved a smash hit, with more than 4,500 people signing up to post pictures and comments.

The page has seen dozens of pictures uploaded by irate locals.

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So far, almost 8,000 people have ‘liked’ it and are posting new pictures every day.

Examples include cars parked across two bays, dumped on kerbs and verges, blocking the footpath and parked in disabled and parent-only bays.

There is even a photo of a Land Rover parked on a pile of snow outside the town centre branch of Tesco, and a car dumped on a pedestrian area outside the Asda store on Bawtry Road.

Cars have been snapped in town centre car parks, outside the Keepmoat Stadium, at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and outside schools as well as on town centre streets.

The group simply states: “Fed up of people and their parking? Send us a pic in a message and it’ll be posted anonymously.”

The founder of the group, who doesn’t want to be identified, said: “I started it as a but of a joke, really. I saw a couple of bad examples and put them up and then people just started sharing their own.

“We went from having 60 people liking our group to 2,000 in one day and it has just kept growing and growing.

“It’s a bit of fun more than anything, but it has really spiralled and got people interested.

“I think lots of people don’t like bad parking and this is their way of naming and shaming bad parkers.”

But some have criticised the group for publishing pictures with number plates.

He added: “We get hundreds of emails and photos a day and some people say we shouldn’t be doing it, but all the cars are in public places so its not an issue.”

Doncaster Council has pledged to clamp down on anyone causing problems when it comes to finding a parking spot.

A spokesman said: “Dangerous and illegal parking causes problems for pedestrians, residents and other road users and the council uses civil parking enforcement to undertake parking enforcement.”

As well as Doncaster, similar Facebook sites have already sprung up for other towns and cities including Skegness and Gainsborough.