The Government are planning to extend laws from London to the whole of the country, allowing councils to fine motorists for parking on the pavement.
In extending this 40 year old London By Law to the whole of the country, motorists parking on pavements may well find themselves facing a £70 fine.
The Governments plans come from a strategy to encourage more people to walk by removing obstructions from pavements.
The Times has reported that the Department for Transport stated that it was committed to “examining pavement parking outside London.” This was as a part of their recent cycling and walking investment strategy.
The new strategy is expected to make pavement parking illegal unless the local council grants an exemption and allows motorists to mount the kerb.
In February 2016, Leicester Council stated that owing to complaints from residents it was planning to install parking bays on some streets. Drivers who flout the law on this will face a £70 fine.
Although road safety campaigners have welcomed this news, motorist organisations have stated that, where pavement parking is banned, alternative parking areas must be arranged.
“The concern would be that local authorities will be able to ban pavement parking without looking at the consequences,” Edmund King, president of the AA, told The Times.
“Getting rid of pavement parking is fine but only if you then remove some redundant double-yellow lines to create space elsewhere,” he added.
It is of interest to note that councils have been able to make such a parking ban in special areas since 2011 by using special traffic regulation orders. However, these new Government proposals would see a blanket ban on pavement parking, with councils having to make areas where such parking is permitted.
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