Drivers could be banned from parking on pavements due to radical rule change

Looks like this ban is getting closer, which will be bad news for Cranbrook – Owl

Chris Harper www.birminghammail.co.uk 

Drivers could be banned from parking on pavements under radical new change introduced by the Government. The consultation which took place in 2020 is expected to be published this year.

The original consultation, which ended on October 2020, has yet to published its results. However, the results of the consultation could come in the coming weeks.

According to the summary, the findings are expected to be coming out very soon. The new rules could mean drivers could face a fine for parking on pavements.

Current rules in the UK do not ban drivers from parking on pavements expect if they are obstructing access. New rules could see them banned out right from parking on pavements.

The consultations offered three proposals and the results will indicate what the Government will go towards. Option one and two would see improvements to the existing system or give local authorities extra powers to deal with obstructions.

Option three would introduce a nationwide pavement parking prohibition which would see the practice banned across the UK. Fines could also be introduced.

The Department for Transport (DfT) previously admitted a ban would be “the most significant change to English parking law in several decades.”

The Government agency also said local authorities would need to undertake a “substantial amount of work to prepare for it.” They warned a ban would require a “significant implementation period” which would be “time consuming and expensive.”

The DfT has also warned a national ban may be “inappropriate” in rural areas where some pavement parking “may be safer.” It also said , some local areas said they “depend on pavement parking to preserve traffic flow.”

In 2021, the Scottish Parliament passed a bill that will outlawed pavement parking across the country. Stuart Hay, director of lead campaign group Living Streets Scotland, said: “This is the first nationwide ban put in place in the UK and represents the culmination of over a decade of campaigning.

“People in wheelchairs, parents with pushchairs and older adults who are currently forced into oncoming traffic when faced with vehicles blocking their path will now be able to enjoy a new freedom.

“Practical plans and resources, including the proposed national publicity campaign, should now be put in place to ensure the bill is enacted efficiently. England and Wales should look to take a lead from today’s monumental decision.”

The DfT has been contacted for comment from BirminghamLive.