The war on the motorist clearly hasn't ended, despite what the politicians might say. Take this example - the driver of this Clockwork Courier van has had little option but to block the dropped pedestrian crossing whilst shopping at the hardware store.
This motorist - through no fault of their own - is running the risk of a ticket. If there were any traffic wardens around. And if anyone cared.
In an ideal world, motorists wouldn't have to block crossing access because they would have a 100+ space car park right outside the shop. Clearly it is the council that is at fault for allowing such a shop to be built without any consideration to the motorist. If only this motorist had such a car park within close proximity, then maybe the pedestrian ramp could be kept clear for wheelchairs and prams.