Inconsiderate motorists who are mounting kerbs and parking on the pavement could be soon banned form doing so and face a £70 fine.

The Department for Transport is now ‘examining pavement parking outside London’ as part of its cycling and walking investment strategy.

The Local Government Association wants the DoT to act and give councils powers to enforce a ban, saying pavement parking is putting pedestrians at risk.

Drivers who park on the kerb force those on foot – including parents with pushchairs and those on mobility scooters – on to the road to walk around the obstruction. This can be extremely dangerous, especially for the blind and people with guide dogs.

The LGA hopes that the pavement parking ban which has been in force across London since 1974 will soon be extended outside the capital.

The law that is currently in force in London’s 33 boroughs states that: “You must not park partially or wholly on the pavement in London. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.”

Outside of the capital, the situation is very different with drivers only prohibited from parking on double or single yellow lines or where local signs indicate pavement parking will cause an obstruction.

While it is illegal to drive on the pavement throughout England, Wales and Scotland this is rarely enforced for people parking on the kerb, often because authorities fear that the parking problem will just be displaced elsewhere.

Local authorities who want to stop pavement parkers claim existing Traffic Regulation Orders mean they have to catch people as they park, which is time-consuming, bureaucratic and expensive.Martin Tett, transport spokesman at the LGA, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, said: “It’s a nonsense that those outside London do not have more control to stop pavement parking.

Local authorities need this power to respond to concerns raised by their communities, for example if a street is becoming dangerously congested or pedestrians are being forced to step out into the street to get round parked vehicles.”This is particularly dangerous for blind or partially sighted people and mums and dads with prams.”

The LGA believes that if a fine was implemented, the money raised from it could be used to repair kerbs, verges and pavements damaged by vehicle tyres.

Charity Living Streets, previously the Pedestrians’ Association, is also campaigning for a nationwide ban.

It says: “Pavements are for people to walk on.

“Vehicles parked on the footway can cause an obstruction and inhibit the independence of many vulnerable people, especially older or disabled people with visual or mobility impairments.

“And when pedestrians, for example families with pushchairs, are forced into the road and into oncoming traffic, pavement parking is simply dangerous.

“Pavements are not designed to carry the weight of vehicles, and the added maintenance cost of repairing cracked and damaged paving adds an unnecessary financial burden to already cash-strapped councils.

“We should all be able to walk on pavements without worrying about vehicles blocking our way.

“That’s why Living Streets is calling for UK-wide action on pavement parking.”

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32 COMMENTS

  1. This is all good and well,but the road I live on isn’t big enough to let everyone park on the road, you have to also consider where people live, when some of these roads were built along with the estates they never envisaged the amount of people that drive and own vehicles. There are 70 families that live on my cul-de-sac and if they didn’t park half and half no one would be able to park and emergency vehicles would not get on the road either. I think that if this is going to be raised outside London, then each council needs to take each road in turn and not be a blanket ban on no parking on pavements. Before anyone says anything else I am not a driver.

    • I live in a cul de sac near a hotel. Whenever the hotel is
      busy we get cars parking outside our house on both sides
      of the road, day and night. Sometimes Emergency services,
      bin wagons, even delivery vans struggle to get through.
      What’s the answer?

    • I agree there are a lot more cars these days, the average house hold as at least 2 cars sometimes more. Sometimes it’s the only option to park on the pavement

    • It’s time to start blocking the roads to keep people happy because my mums street isn’t wide enough either for parking both sides of the road

  2. That’s fine but they have to remember a lot of people live in streets that if you park on the road both sides there may not be enough room for the Emergency Services to go down.

  3. I agree that parking on pavements should not be aloud, however my street is not wide enough and if vehicles parked on the road fully emergency service vehicles would not be able to get through.
    We have a drive big enough for 1 car but have 2 in the family and would consider having the kerb lowered to enable us to get both cars on the drive, but that is an expensive undertaking!

  4. if cars carnt park on partly pavements then nor should police cars or working vans including council vans aswell, it goses the same way for drivers speeding and getting fined for that then police shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it every car is the same.

  5. Where do you stand if your road is to narrow to park on the road fully as if you do something like a fire engine wouldn’t get passed, Even more so if someone else parks on the other side of the road from you, as 2 cars parked full on the road on my street would mean I car wouldn’t be able to pass the gap

  6. On my street we have cars that don’t live here..They use the street to park for the metro…I’m fed up with the cars every day..outside my house and other’s on the pavement..I for one think they should be a ban and fine..Maybe the people on these streets report them.to there council if it gets enforced.

    • I totally agree with you. I get fed up walking up the road with a pushchair or young child( grandchildren) only to have to go out into the road putting them in danger. The way some people drive causes a potential hazard. Maybe it is hard
      not being able to park where you live, but if you think of the danger you are putting babies and young children at parking 5mins away isn’t such a hardship. Also the disabled and blind people shouldn’t be made to go into the road. Bring in the ban and fine make people think twice.

      • I don’t mind having to walk around cars on narrow streets. I just wait til it is safe to walk around.
        I’m more worried bout dodging dog dirt on the pavement than a parked car. NEVER see anyone being fined for that.

  7. What about us who live on streets what are too narrow to not park up on the kerb??
    If everyone on my street parked in the road and not half up on the kerb there would be no room to drive on the road for a car let alone an fire engine or a big vehicle. Cars would be constatly getting damaged etc..

  8. Our street isn’t wide enough to allow parking off the pavement. Will Councils be putting double yellow lines on one side, which will halve space available, and then provide legal parking spaces to accommodate the overflow? If not, will planning authorities allow hardstanding to be laid across the front of the house? If so, will they enforce the dropped kerb as a crossing point? Bloody ludicrous idea.

    • I agree, and the council should stop narrowing roads and start putting in some
      Sort of parking areas. Especially if there is space available. People should
      Park on the road outside their homes, if the council carried out surveys and
      The emergency services can’t pass then the council will need to do something about it. I park half on half off the pavement and I don’t like it. But I don’t have anywhere else to park

  9. Where my house is positioned means two cars cannot park opposite one another. Even if one parks across the road from my drive – half on the pavement, it is difficult to get out of my driveway. I am at the entrance to a street and very close to another street entrance. It is possible to park partly on the pavement at my house and still allow pedestrians, dogs and prams past safely, but it is not possible to park near my house otherwise.

  10. Problem when people drop their curb preventing others parking on the road. All these new houses being built but no infrastructure . Country is an old country country with narrow roads. How would emergency services get through if no parking in pavement?

  11. A ban on pavement parking wouldn’t stop people parking for the metro. It would just mean they would park fully on the road and block it up. You need a residents’ parking scheme, not a pavement ban!

  12. I doubt the money raised from these fines would be used to repair Krebs and edges, they can’t maintain the potholes as it is lol this is just another way to get money. I have a double drive and don’t park on pavements and as much as I agree cars on pavements can cause hazards but as has been said on some estates roads there isn’t the room to park fully on roads.

  13. I am disabled, and use either a wheelchair or mobility scooter. On occasions I have had to knock on doors to find out who the car belongs to as I am unable to pass. I really don’t know the answer. I live in a market town where some of the houses were built in the 19th century and don’t have a garage.

    ‘Bin days’ are also a bit of a problem too as people don’t take them in!!!

  14. This is a very tricky matter to solve as a mother of two young ones I can totally understand the pushchair issue ,but like most the streets we live on they just cannot coupe with the amount of cars which leaves no choice but to park half on the pavement . Instead of a fine for us that have no choice may be the councils should be dropping the price to have a drop curb and helping with the cost of a drive for those on a low income ! and bring fines to help with those cost for parking on pavements in more public areas such as town centres, main streets with shops , parks, ect

  15. So if the dumb head councils were to get parking areas instead of giving out parking tickets this may not even have been touched upon, especially in industrial estate areas, or are they just doing the same raking the fines in for their christmas parties and summer parties every year, or have they not got the balls to do anything about it

  16. instead of making people pay a fine, what about changing the law so that people with a front garden with the aid of a grant to help with the cost of dropping the kerbstones and putting in parking spaces where possible ,so traffic is taken off smaller narrow roads and all new houses built have a least 3 parking spaces each as taking a bit of your garden so you can park safely is a small price to pay and its one less lawn to mow

  17. If you live on a street were you have been parking for years half pavement half road because there is no were else to park and the gap between your car and your house is big enough for a pram or scooter to get through you should b allowed its commonsense but if a new property has been built the road should b made wide enough to park on the road so 2 cars can get through its all about comon sense

  18. Is this just another opportunity to fine motorist ? If you give local authorities carte blanche To dish out fines they go wild. It needs common sense something most Councils haven’t got.

  19. That’s good but in my close its a free parking so we have them parking from a few closes down from me and people that live in the close can’t park I’m a carer for my mum who in wheelchair and iv often had to get down kerd as cars are park not leaving enough room for wheelchair to get passed

  20. Would the same law apply to the council vehicles who park on the pavement? Who will fine the council?

  21. Ok so what happens when we block the roads to park up because on my mums street the paths are wider than the road this is going to get interesting especially when any emergency services are wanting to get down the street and they can’t because of parked cars

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