Are “new” proposed £70 fines for parking on the pavement a good idea?
Did you know that since 1974 parking on the pavement in London has been banned? Drivers are only allowed to park on the pavement there when a space is marked by blue parking signs or white line bays.
For the rest of England it has been up to local authorities to use Traffic Regulation orders to ban pavement parking on some roads but in general it is ok unless there are other parking restrictions like red or double yellow lines in operation.
However, the current government wants us to walk and cycle more. To encourage us to do so they are considering fining motorists up to £70 for parking on the pavement. This means that it would become illegal to mount a kerb or to park your car on the pavement unless there are clear signs allowing you to do so. The government’s idea is that this would be enforced by imposing a penalty fine of up to £70.
The Department for Transport has opened a consultation into this proposal. The consultation is open until 23 May. If you feel this is either a great idea or horrific make sure you have your say.
Why would this be a bad idea? In many places narrow streets (particularly those on new housing estates) means that to enable enough space for passing traffic – fire engines / ambulances etc – drivers have little or no choice other than to park on the pavement.
Why would this be a good idea? Parking like this blocks the pavement causing trouble for pedestrians and residents that live in the area that use the street to walk or cycle. Prams and Wheelchairs can find it difficult to negotiate these streets.
There are arguments for both sides. Road Safety Campaigners – round schools etc – are likely to welcome a blanket ban but the AA has expressed concerns that a ban will halve the number of spaces available and push the parking problem elsewhere.
Edmund King, president of the AA, is reported as saying : “Getting rid of pavement parking is fine and will be of particular benefit to mums with pushchairs, those in wheelchairs or people with visual difficulties, which is important. Disability groups have pointed out the potential hazards of
thoughtless pavement parking. But it must be countered by provision of new spaces – for example removing redundant yellow lines or specifically allowing pavement parking where the footway is wide enough – new space has to be created elsewhere.”
What do you think? Let the Department for Transport know. Don’t forget it’s a proposed blanket ban unless there is a clear signage saying it is allowed.
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