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messageDid anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by mikeb July 10, 05:18PM

My car was parked on Townley Road and now has an expensive scrape, a dent and a generous splash of paint the same colour as a Clarkes coach. Probably happened on Wednesday or Thursday.

If anyone saw it happen then please send me a private message.

Thanks

messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by tiddles July 10, 08:42PM

Have you checked local houses for cctv? Lots of people have those cctv doorbells nowadays? Best of lucj

messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by mikeb July 11, 04:49PM

Clarkes says none of its coaches was serving Alleyns, JAGS or DC last week. If anyone believes otherwise then please let me know.

Thanks

messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by bobbsy July 11, 05:04PM

Slightly off topic, but I pass Clarkes coaches often on my commute, in general they are very aggressive drivers, fast and pushy.

messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by ianr July 11, 08:17PM

Presumably there is a Clarkes coach somewhere with a scrape with some of your car paint on it. Where on the coach would it be likely to be, and what colour?

messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by dbboy July 11, 09:01PM

Clarkes coach was parked up on Forest Hill Road this morning.

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Posted by mikeb July 12, 09:47AM

Thanks all. There may well be a coach with paint from my car on it. I think it would be on the front near side (i.e. kerb side). Or possibly it wasn't a Clarkes coach. I've attached a photo. If not Clarkes then I'd appreciate any other suggestions of commercial vehicles - there are not many cars that colour!

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messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by Mahoody July 14, 07:26PM

mikeb Wrote:
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> My car was parked on Townley Road and now has an
> expensive scrape, a dent and a generous splash of
> paint the same colour as a Clarkes coach.
> Probably happened on Wednesday or Thursday.
>
> If anyone saw it happen then please send me a
> private message.
>
> Thanks

I can understand you are upset about your car but your post makes an accusation without having any clear evidence.


Fact - you have green paint scraped on to your car.
Fact - your car has incurred damage.
Fact - Your car was parked on Townley Road.
Fact - School coaches use that road regularly and I would imagine that their drivers know the "tight spots". It could just be a driver who does not know that road well and was at a speed that was incompatable with the obstacles. It could have been a green car, van or coach.
Fact- Clarkes very rarely do the school run

One question I have is ..... how close was it to the islands with the bollards?

@Bobbsy - I encounter Clarkes' coaches regularly as a driver, cyclist and pedestrian and I honestly cannot say I have never seen and evidence of aggressive driving.

messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by mikeb July 14, 11:04PM

Thank you Mahoody. In fact, I have been very careful not to make any accusations, simply seeking any witnesses. Which coach companies do the school run?

I have previously seen coaches (and indeed other vehicles) on Townley Road scrape parked vehicles.

And no, my car was nowhere near the islands. Itís simply caused by Townley Road taking more traffic, and bigger vehicles, than it can cope with.

Mikeb

messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by snathani July 15, 12:22PM

bobbsy Wrote:
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> Slightly off topic, but I pass Clarkes coaches
> often on my commute, in general they are very
> aggressive drivers, fast and pushy.

Agreed. I've had a number of close passes from Clarkes coaches while cycling up Lordship Lane, but pretty much all coach drivers are aggressive and pushy on the roads... maybe we just remember the Clarkes close passes because of the distinctive livery.

messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by bobbsy July 15, 12:59PM

Snathani, yes you might be right - I do avoid being anywhere near them now though whenever possible. Its the stretch around denmark hill station that seems to be the worst - or rather, where i normally experience them.

messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by Gloves July 15, 01:57PM

mikeb Wrote:
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> Thank you Mahoody. In fact, I have been very
> careful not to make any accusations, simply
> seeking any witnesses. Which coach companies do
> the school run?
>
> I have previously seen coaches (and indeed other
> vehicles) on Townley Road scrape parked vehicles.

Yeah really careful.

Have you read the title of your message?

"Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?"
>
> And no, my car was nowhere near the islands. Itís
> simply caused by Townley Road taking more traffic,
> and bigger vehicles, than it can cope with.
>
> Mikeb

messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by Nicholas July 18, 08:04AM

In sorry to hear about your car Being scrapped. Itís mainly to do with the local schools not only is it crazy during school runs people parking close to bollards zigzags etc. Another problem is keeping there engines on while parked you can just feel the C02 especially on these hot days. From now till September it will be heaven school hols!

messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by kford July 18, 09:24AM

That's a Fiat 500 and Ford Ka/Fiesta colour too (but the damage looks like it's from . a much larger vehicle).

messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by mikeb July 18, 11:59AM

thanks, seems like Fiat calls it "smooth mint" [blog.swanswaygarages.com]

I am becoming resigned to having to sort this myself...

messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by Nicholas July 18, 01:03PM

Hi, Iím local driving instructor Iíve been serving Dulwich and surrounding for many years Iíve noticed the increase in large coaches buses on that road parked up engines running etc thatís a concern. One of the main problems is that some vehicles park badly and so damn close to those barriers/crossings etc itís not easy with a normal sized car it must be near impossible to negotiate those huge buses safely unfortunately Iím not surprised that parked cars get hit itís not only the coaches you need worry about itís poor driving from others who have none or very little spatial awareness. I think the school and council need to enforce a no parking area especially near those barriers etc. Itís not fair that legally and sensibly parked cars and residents have to worry particularly during school runs! Good news 6/7 weeks rest bite!

messageRe: Did anyone see a Clarkes coach scrape my car last week?
Posted by malumbu July 19, 09:24PM

I've had a couple of scrapes with Clarkes when cycling but no worse than any other operator - just more of them than most coaches. The run into the depot in Lower Sydenham sounds a bit of a race track - but there again Royal Mail vans going back to depot eg Bricklayer Arms or Herne Hill way seem to race each other.

I expect that they will not give you access to CCTV and their schedule nor will the police take action even though the driver did not stop. Could hire a private detective but that is cloud cuckoo land. And before I am seen as libeling Clarkes would they really risk their reputation and fib.

Apols that this is not more constructive....


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