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Delayed Pavement Parking Response

Posted in General News on Friday, August 3rd, 2018

The end of this month (30th August) will mark 1000 days since the government promised to take action to prevent unsafe pavement parking in England and Wales by researching how the introduction of a new law, similar to the one that is already in place in London, would work. This promise was made thanks to an ongoing campaign spearheaded by the Guide Dogs charity.

Inconsiderate pavement parking is a serious issue which puts vulnerable road users at risk. It is particularly problematic for wheelchair and scooter users and visually impaired people as it forces them on to the road and potentially into the path of oncoming traffic. We understand that the combination of a rise in the number of cars on our roads and the increase of compact housing developments means that parking their car on the pavement is the only way for some disabled people to get close enough to their homes. However, 1000 days is a very long time for someone who is affected by this issue to wait for a response, regardless of how complex the problem may be. With this in mind, Guide Dogs has written an open letter to the Prime Minster asking her to take urgent action on pavement parking. You can add your name to this letter by visiting https://e-activist.com/page/27482/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=supportorg.

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Roy Lee

Sunday, August, 5th, 2018

I've lost count how many times we couldn't use the paths due to inconsiderate drivers parking on pavements. Also inconsiderate drivers paring across dropped kerbs (especially on corners) making crossing roads impossible/difficult for wheelchair users.