It’s been a while since I wrote about blocking cars with my bus but yesterday, I got a little fired up. One of our drivers was picking up students from an after school program and the bus zone was loaded with cars. The driver proceeded to block the line of cars in with his bus. He had a confrontation with a mom who took his photo and then called me to complain about the driver.
I calmly told the lady that she was in an area marked as a bus loading zone. She argued with me that since it was outside school hours she could park there. The sign does not designate hours. She also said that the driver was not bothering anyone else. According to the driver, and I have no reason to disbelieve him, she’s the only one who confronted him. The other drivers backed out over the curb. While on the phone she proceeded to collect my name – apparently to report me to our administration. When I asked her what her name was she replied, “I’m not playing this game with you.” (I’ll tell you why she didn’t want me to know later on)
In the course of our conversation, I asked her a simple question, “if you see a handicapped parking space, but no one’s in it, is it OK to park there?” – just like she did with the bus loading zone. She replied that it was different because it was after school hours. Huh. That’s a great argument – because we only drive kids to and from school while school is in session. Ahem. I mean, we mostly drive kids to school before it starts and drive them home after school is out. She was there to pick up her child and we were there to pick up other children. But since she doesn’t know the law, here is the link to:Stopping, standing or parking prohibitions; exceptions; definition, Arizona Revised Statutes.
Except if necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or if in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or traffic control device, a person shall not stop, stand or park a vehicle in any of the following places:
… 14. At any place where official signs prohibit standing or stopping.
So, since Concha refused to tell me her name, I guess I just have to post the link to her directory listing. You see, Concha Padilla is a staff member at Mount Elden Middle School. In addition, as a school employee, Concha is required by law to:
10. During loading or unloading of passengers at a designated school bus loading area at a school, the school shall restrict the loading area to school buses, passengers, and school employees assisting in the loading or unloading of passengers. (Title 17, Chapter 9 Arizona Administrative Code)