Pavement parking ban proposed by the Department for Transport (DfT) has been branded “ridiculous” by the panellist who said enforcement teams need to consider the circumstances. Her comments come just one day after the DfT confirmed they had launched a 12-week consultation plan to introduce a more widespread ban.
Ms Neesom was reacting to images of previous offenders with some parking their car vertical across the path completely blocking the passageway.
She said “I think a blanket ban is ridiculous, how can you say that’s the way to go.
“These are ridiculous examples, there’s no need to park like that but we need to be sensible. It’s another tax on motorists, it’s another money-making scheme.
“I think a blanket ban is just wrong You have to take into consideration the circumstances, the road and the area.”
There has been intense opposition to the new proposals with many agreeing bans should not be introduced on a national level.
The new legislation would introduce a new “obstructive pavement parking” and “unnecessary obstruction” offences.
The new laws could be introduced by the end of this year in a bid to crackdown on kerb stoppers.
If the successful, local councils will be forced to outline areas where pavement parking would be most beneficial for heavy enforcement.
Speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, broadcaster Henry Bonsu said: “I don’t think this is a case on a national level. We have local councils. It’s about localism… local councils know what’s happening in their area.
Motoring groups have also waded into the argument with the AA warning a widespread ban could lead to unintended consequences.
The recovery group claim any ban could lead to extra parking congestion as motorists could flood car parks to avoid pavement charges.
In a statement, the AA said: “An outright ban could lead to unintended consequences with parking chaos becoming more widespread.
“A better solution would be for councils to make a street-by-street assessment and where pavement parking could be allowed it be clearly marked and signed.”
London is the only region where pavement parking is currently illegal with motorists forced to pay fines of £70 if they are caught.
It is understood a similar charge would be introduced across the UK if a widespread ban was made into law.
The Transport Select Committee has previously raised issues surrounding pavement parking such as difficulties for this with disabilities and young children.
The group says many pedestrians are often forced into the road to get around parked cars which could affect people’s social lives if they are worried about leaving their home.
Speaking on The Jeremy Vine Show, Doncaster resident Andrew claimed both the local council and police forces had refused to stop offenders as neither claimed to have jurisdiction to do so.
He explained how many pedestrians such as himself were struggling to use the pavements near their homes which can lead to devising consequences.
He said: “I regularly have to go down past parked cars on the pavement near where I live.
“There’s up to five, six cars parked on the pavement and I can’t get passed so I have to go into the road. One particular time I tried to get past the car and fell in a gutter.”
England will not be the first nation in the United Kingdom to introduce a ban after legislation was passed in Scotland late last year which will see new laws introduced from 2021.
Published at Fri, 13 Mar 2020 10:26:00 +0000