There would be fewer excuses for blocking the road with bins, if the Borough Councils in London were more helpful reserving spaces when needed. Currently Lewisham and other Councils will only reserve a parking area e.g. for removals, if the road is in a Controlled Parking Zone. So residents in this case may have no choice but to use bins, planks, cones etc
It seems wrong to me that someone moving house has the additional stress of trying to block off a space for a removals lorry. The Council makes an exception for their own works, e.g. tree surgeons, but the ordinary resident is not helped. The fee is high if you’re in a CPZ and need a bay blocked off, feels like a tax on moving house, which is already very expensive without this additional punitive fee from the Council.
Regular offenders - well I would favour them being charged with obstructing the Highway.