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Would you ban parking on the pavement?

The Scottish government is planning to ban pavement parking – and the rest of the country could follow suit. Would you support pavement parking prohibition?

As a 17 year-old at college I remember the police coming in to give us a talk on the local parking situation. The college car park was off-limits to students, and the roads surrounding were residential and extremely busy.

With plenty of students having just passed their tests many were flocking to these narrow roads every morning in a bid to park up as close as possible.

Is it illegal?

We were strongly discouraged from parking on the pavement by the police. I remember clearly being told that if there wasn’t enough room for a double pram to get through, then you’d have to move.

But what does the law actually say? In London, it’s crystal clear. The highway code states:

Rule 246: you MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.

But outside of London, it’s a little more ambiguous. Councils have the power to enforce bans on pavement parking, but it’s not an option that’s widely taken up, or even enforced.

Consideration over convenience

Pavement parking is an issue that many groups feel strongly about, with a survey by Guide Dogs revealing that 97% of blind or partially sighted people encounter problems with street obstructions.

The government has acknowledged the issues, saying that a review is underway which will help tackle inappropriate parking.

It’s so common to see streets of parked cars with two wheels on the pavement, with many people clearly opting for the convenience of being close to their destination or home. Do you think people should be parking more considerately?

Let us know if you’d like to see the rest of the UK following Scotland’s plans for a blanket ban.

Michael says:
2 December 2018

I never park on the pavement unless I absolutely have no choice it is inconsiderate and selfish, the road is for cars and the Footpath/pavement is for pedestrians unless there’s a proviso for it to be a cycle path too, the roads are built for cars and the amount of money our council have wasted repairing footpaths due to ignorant (and I don’t necessarily mean stupid) drivers use the path as a car park, often making pedestrians use the road as they can’t pass, they park on the corners, kerbs and double yellow lines completely ignored and with no consideration for anyone else,

There is a cycle path/footpath at the top of our road, on Kempas Highway which is often used as a car park irrespective of cyclists and pedestrians, they drive over the kerb and double yellow lines both completely illegal and some even have drives without legal access,

I have complained to the council (Coventry) yet nothing has been done, before they repaired the path on Kempas Highway there were bollards to stop cars driving on here but they did not replace them, I have asked that they enforce no parking at the top of the roads leading onto the highway as cars are blocking the view with potential fatal consequences,
My question, “does someone have to die before they do something constructive with the money they take from us”?