Parking on the pavement across Britain could be banned as a result of a consultation between transport ministers.
Currently, there is only an official restriction on pavement parking in effect in London and has been since 1974. Drivers can be handed a £70 fine if they are caught flouting the rules.
Authorities across the country have the power to impose their own restrictions on pavement parking, however, it could be made official as a result.
New calls have been made suggested a pavement parking ban should be the “default position,” reports the Lancashire Post.
Labour peer Lord Lennie Read stated that “legislation should move to a default position as in London of no parking on pavements unless designated otherwise, rather than just a discouragement, which is currently the case”.
Lady Sugg said: “I do agree that pavement parking is a problem.
“There are calls for the Government to introduce a law that bans pavement parking across England.
“The Roads Minister is keen to make the process as simple as possible, but before seeking new primary legislation we are evaluating the effectiveness of the current legislation and we want to understand the issues that are preventing councils from taking action already.”
Transport Minister Baroness Sugg added that a ban on pavement parking was now being ‘considered’.
She said: “Within Greater London there is already a general ban on pavement parking.
“In the rest of England, local authorities can implement local bans using traffic regulation orders.
“In recent months the Department for Transport has carried out a review on pavement parking, gathering evidence on the effectiveness of current legislation and the case for reform.
“That review is now complete and we are considering its findings.”
Campaigners across the country are regularly sharing the negative effects of pavement parking online.
It can dramatically impact how wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs, blind people and other vulnerable members of society use the roads.
It could force them out into the road to get past the obstruction which could put them in significant danger.
Published at Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:35:00 +0000