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Pavement Parking Inquiry

Posted in General News on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

On 2nd April 2019 the Transport Select Committee launched an inquiry into pavement parking. The purpose of the inquiry is to determine the size and nature of the issue and find a feasible solution to the problem. Pavement parking is particularly problematic for wheelchair and scooter users, and visually impaired people because it can force them out on to the road and potentially into the path of oncoming traffic. Having parked cars on the pavements also causes problems for local authorities because they have to spend money repairing the damage that the vehicles cause given that pavements are not designed to take that much weight. Many campaigning groups have been working to abolish pavement parking in recent years but very little action has been taken by the government in response. The Chair of the Transport Select Committee commented: “This is an area where some people’s actions cause real difficulties for others. Parking on pavements risks the safety of all groups of people from the littlest to the oldest, with differing needs. While we’re also inquiring into Active Travel – how we get more people to get into walking and cycling – we need to make sure it’s safe to take to the streets. We want to hear from the public about the difficulties this presents and the solutions on offer.” The closing date for the consultation is 14th May 2019 and DMUK will be submitting a response. If you would like to respond yourself you can do so by visiting

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John Roberts

Tuesday, April, 9th, 2019

While I appreciate the problem for people on mobility scooters ' and pushing Parms' etc. Many roads were built before car ownership was not as popular as today and therefore if cars on certain roads, cars would not be able to pass. Therefore some streets blood to be exempt.

Sandie's Gravatar

Wednesday, April, 10th, 2019

I have difficulty going around on pavements when there are cars parked but also on pavements that do not have dropped kerbs and I often have to go on the road as there are no drop kerbs or cars parked it is very hazardous. People are rude to you if you ask to get passed their cars. It is totally unjust of people doing it they ought to be fined and if they keep on offending have the car taken away. I use an electric wheelchair

Lorraine's Gravatar

Tuesday, April, 9th, 2019

The government do need to look at parking that comes with new builds acknowledging that all new accommodation needs more parking than is currently planned for. In local build only 1 car space was planned for per flat and only two for a 3 bedroom house with very little for visitors we all know that children are staying home longer so many houses have older children who drive. With older accommodation especially terrace housing no parking was allocated so this is a huge problem it would be a solution to allocate one path for vehicles while keeping one path free. If a path is extra wide mark the path with walking area so both are clear. In some areas no disabled parking is available for visitors to a street. As a disabled person who drives I can see from both points.

Crizco's Gravatar

Friday, April, 12th, 2019

Factors affecting this include High parking fees, my local station carges 12 pounds. New office blocks are penalised for the number of car parks they have. Our new office block has 170 bike spaces and 34 parking spaces for 400 people. To get 34 spaces was a fight too. My local train station purposly made the car park spaces too small “to encourage people to have smaller cars”.