Government launches consultation on pavement parking ban

 

The Government has launched a consultation on new proposals for a nationwide pavement parking ban in England.

Pavement parking presents a clear safety risk when parked vehicles occupy the pavement and force vulnerable pedestrians to move into the road.

Three options are proposed in the consultation – improving the traffic regulation order process to make it easier for councils to prohibit pavement parking in their areas, giving councils powers to fine drivers who park on paths, and a London-style nationwide ban on pavement parking.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Parking on pavements means wheelchair users, visually impaired people and parents with pushchairs can be forced into the road, which is not only dangerous but discourages people from making journeys.”

In response, Natalie Chapman, Head of Urban Policy at Logistics UK, said: “Logistics UK’s members agree that pavements are for pedestrian use first and foremost – their safety and access must come first – and this is particularly important for vulnerable groups such as wheelchair and pushchair users and for the blind and partially sighted. But we must also ensure the government considers the needs of logistics in its decision making to ensure that goods can keep moving efficiently and effectively through our towns and cities. 

“For example, the Government must ensure a pavement parking ban does not further narrow residential streets where cars currently park partially on the pavement, as it could prevent access for refuse collection vehicles, home deliveries and emergency services. In addition, there will be occasions where commercial vehicles need temporary pavement access for loading or unloading goods to prevent blocking the road to passing traffic.” 

She added: “We will be submitting a response to the consultation to ensure the Government’s strategy takes these situations into account and puts appropriate exemptions in place.”