Enough is enough for the residents of Mariaberg. According to local citizen Mirjam Stax, they have started “an offensive” against German students who park their cars illegally, in particular five meters from a crossing. We notify the police each time. Stax claims that quite a number of traffic fines have already been issued.
The reason for their action was an accident on the Karimatastraat (a side street off the Tongerseweg), at the end of June. A (female) cyclist was run down by a car, partly because a wrongly parked car obstructed her view. The woman was taken to hospital with concussion.
Many German students park in the neighbourhood, says Stax. “I see how they take their bicycles from their cars and cycle off, only to return a few days later to collect their cars again. I don’t mind that so much, as long as they use the correct parking spaces.”