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Calls for Pavement Parking Ban Continue

Posted in General News on Thursday, September 19th, 2019

The Transport Select Committee has recently criticised the government for failing to take action on the issue of pavement parking. In 2015 the government promised to look into the issue and the resulting consultations, discussions and internal reviews did not lead to any action being taken. In its most recent report the Transport Select Committee calls for an outright ban on pavement parking across England in the long-term as they say it has a detrimental effect on people’s lives and can lead to social isolation, particularly for blind and disabled people. MPs have also outlined a number of ways the government can lessen the problem of pavement parking including:

  • Funding and launching a national campaign to raise awareness of pavement parking and the problems it can cause
  • Consulting on a new offence to cover obstructive pavement parking
  • Making a commitment to tackling pavement parking as part of the Loneliness Strategy
  • Bringing forward proposals to make changes to the TRO process so it is cheaper and easier for local authorities to use
  • Abolishing the requirement for TRO’s to be advertised in local newspapers
  • Communicating to the general public about whose job it is to enforce different types of parking offence

DMUK has campaigned for action to be taken on the issue of pavement parking for a long time now because it forces disabled people and visually impaired people out onto the road and into the path of oncoming traffic. However we are aware that the issue of pavement parking is a complex one because disabled people living in certain areas need to park on the pavement so they can exit their vehicle and gain access to their property safely. For this reason an outright ban on pavement parking could be problematic in itself. The Chair of the Transport Committee, Lilian Greenwood MP, commented: “Pavement parking has a huge impact on people's lives and their ability get around their communities.  Motorists may feel they have no choice but to park on the pavement and many try to do so in a considerate way, but evidence to our inquiry revealed the impact on those with visual and mobility impairments and people with children. We are deeply concerned that the Government has failed to act on this issue, despite long-standing promises to do so. This is a thorny problem that may be difficult to resolve to the satisfaction of all, but the Government's inaction has left communities blighted by unsightly and obstructive pavement parking and individuals afraid or unable to leave their homes or safely navigate the streets.”



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