The Government has produced a consultation on whether pavement parking should be banned and local authorities given more powers to challenge those who park on the pavements.
Off-road parking causes major challenges for people with disabilities ie people who use mobility aids, mobility scooters and wheelchairs, have sensory impairments as well as parents and guardians who have babies and children in prams and buggies. Pavement parking can also be a hazard to children and elderly citizens as they also have to step off the pavement and into the road.
SDN says “This consultation is long overdue and we would encourage all our members to take part to bring change. This all comes at a time when disabled people are experiencing numerous challenges accessing towns due to increases in seating for diners on pavements, temporary changes to pavements and cycle ways, removal of parking bays, and cars being excluded from some streets as local authorities attempt to introduce new social distancing measures. We need government to show stronger leadership on ensuring inclusive streetscapes.”
Consultation asking whether a change of existing pavement parking legislation should occur.
We are proposing 3 options:
- Improving the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) process, under which local authorities can already prohibit pavement parking.
- A legislative change to allow local authorities with civil parking enforcement powers to enforce against ‘unnecessary obstruction of the pavement’.
- A legislative change to introduce a London-style pavement parking prohibition throughout England.
Click on this link to access Pavement Parking: options for change: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/managing-pavement-parking/pavement-parking-options-for-change
Click here to download in PDF Annex A impact assessment pavement parking restrictions: annex-a-impact-assessment-pavement-parking-restrictions
Have you say on this consultation by clicking on this link https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/managing-pavement-parking
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Note this consultation closes on Sunday 22nd November 2020