Vigilantes Shame Parking Violators in Ukraine

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“Let me pass by!” is the rallying cry of a group of young activists fighting for pedestrian space in Lviv, Ukraine. Every weekend the group of teenagers gather in the city centre not for fun, but to make a “Stop Kham”(“Stop-brute” in Ukranian) raid. They look for illegally parked cars and politely gang-up on drivers to try to convince them to get their vehicles off of sidewalks and out of crosswalks.

One of the heads of the movement, Roman Tymchyshyn, 17, says that more than half of drivers treat the movement positively and are willing to change parking spots. If a driver refuses to do so, activists put a “shame” sticker on their windshield. The main violators are taxi drivers who park their cars in intersections, on the sidewalk and even in bicycle lanes. Such people, according to Roman are the most dangerous. They treat “Stop kham” aggressively and consider the young activists to be hooligans who have nothing to do. On the other hand, taxi drivers claim that they have parked their cabs like that for a long time and rebuke the municipality for the lack of taxi parking spaces.

Shotlist

  1. 0:00 – 0:16 A variety of people walking on sidewalks packed with cars
  2. 0:17 - 0:32 Activists walk across the city centre searching for illegally parked cars
  3. 0:32 – 0:34 Cars parked at the bus stop
  4. 0:35 – 0:48 Roman explains that a car is breaking traffic regulations, because it is standing on a crossroads and a pedestrian crossing.
  5. 0:48 – 1:23 Roman persuades a taxi driver to remove his cab, but the driver is not willing to talk
  6. 1:24 – 1:36 Activists put stickers on windshields that read: “The country is changing, but I’m still a brute"
  7. 1:37 – 1:53 Roman explains that taxi drivers are the main violators.
  8. 2:00 – 2:11 Roman explains that they do understand that there is a lack of parking space. So before putting a “shameful" sticker, they suggest some alternative parking site.
  9. 2:12 – 2:24 Taxi drivers threaten activists. They claim: “Watch your step, you may get knocked out!"
  10. 2:24 – 2:36 Roman: “They are not adequate. We call police – it’s their job"
  11. 2:37 – 2:54 Police arrive and fine the drivers for parking in an intersection
  12. 2:55 - 3:10 A Taxi driver argues with Roman

Script

  1. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Roman Tymchyshyn, Head of the "StopKham" Movement: 0:19-- Such a nice parking spot on the grass! This car is breaking traffic regulations – it's parked in an intersection and blocks the field of view for other drivers.
  2. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Roman Tymchyshyn, Head of the "StopKham" Movement: 0:42 -- A parking closer than 10 meters to crossroads is restricted. Hello! We're from the movement “StopKham." Are you aware that you are breaking traffic regulations? You are standing at crossroads.
  3. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Man, : I'm 10 meters from the crossroads.
  4. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Roman Tymchyshyn, Head of the "StopKham" Movement: 0:56 -- Pardon? 10 meters from the crossroads? Give me a sticker!
  5. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Man: So?
  6. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Roman Tymchyshyn, Head of the "StopKham" Movement: 1:08 -- You're parked in an intersection. You said you're 10-15 meters away, but where do you see 10-15 meters here? I'll put a sticker on your windscreen! Driver doesn't want to come into contact.
  7. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Roman Tymchyshyn, Head of the "StopKham" Movement: 1:37 -- Mainly we're coming up against taxi drivers, because in most cases they treat us roughly. I do understand that they are at work, but, regardless, you have to treat all passersby with respect. Standing like this, he becomes an obstacle for people like us. We would have been forced to walk over his car in order to walk through here.
  8. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Roman Tymchyshyn, Head of the "StopKham" Movement: 1:59 -- We suggest people better parking spots – sometimes it may be a sidewalk where they aren't obstructing the way for pedestrians. We aren't so captious about drivers who park on a sidewalk and who leave 1.5m instead of the required 2m.
  9. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Roman Tymchyshyn, Head of the "StopKham" Movement: 2:10 Sure, sure, I do have a lot of time! We'll talk to you in a minute. Sure, in a minute, we'll surely come to you. Do not worry!
  10. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Taxi Driver: 2:20 -- Be careful, you may get knocked out!
  11. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Roman Tymchyshyn, Head of the "StopKham" Movement: 2:22 I bet! He seems no good. He’s treating us a bit roughly. We can't do anything, but to call police in such situation. It's their job. They'll issue a report according to the correct procedure.
  12. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Roman Tymchyshyn, Head of the "StopKham" Movement: 2:54 -- Which law permits parking here? There is not even a sign here!
  13. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Taxi Driver: 2:58 -- This is the city's problem. They should put a sign here.
  14. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Roman Tymchyshyn, Head of the "StopKham" Movement: 3:00 -- But it's you who decided that this is your personal parking spot!
  15. soundbite (Ukranian)
    Taxi Driver: 3:05 -- I’ve been parking here forever!
  16. soundbite (Ukrainian)
    Roman Tymchyshyn, Head of the "StopKham" Movement: 3:10 Since when? Which law allows you to do this?