The House of Commons' Transport Committee has called for a new law to ban parking on pavements across England. In coming to its decision the committee spoke to people with visual and mobility impairments, as well as carers and parents who all suffer as a result of pathways being blocked. The committee said in its report: "Pavement parking can have a considerable impact on people's lives and their ability to safely leave their homes.
"People are at risk of social isolation if they feel unable to leave their homes safely or are physically prevented from doing so.
"While pavement parking can be a necessity in some areas, it should not be allowed to happen where it has a significant adverse impact on people's lives."
The Department for Transport said it had concluded a review into the issue and would be announcing its next steps "over the coming months".
But the committee said government action had "been slow".
Pavement parking is already banned in London - and offenders can be issued with a penalty charge.
The committee has made a list of recommendations, including a public awareness campaign, improvements to Traffic Regulation Orders - which could be used to enforce a ban - and a new civil offence for pavement parking.
People's Parking supports a ban on pavement parking as we know the problems cars blocking pavements can cause to wheelchair users, parents with buggies and those living with sight loss. However, we acknowledge that a ban neds to go hand in hand with improvements in parking provision and infrastructure to enable people to still park near to where they live and work.
Posted on 09 Sep 2019 at 16:52:29