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Could a NEW £70 parking fine be coming to your area?

Published on Thursday 19 April 2018 in Van News

Could a NEW £70 parking fine be coming to your area?

Drivers parked on kerbs could soon be hit with a £70 fine…

While outlawed across the capital since 1974, parking on pavements is still completely legal in the rest of country…but not for much longer. Vanarama's Laura Day reveals all the details.

We're all guilty of it now and then – parking on pavements is sometimes something we can't avoid. But drivers could face a fine of up to £70 for parking on pavements, as ministers look to extend the ban to the rest of England.


What's the score?

As it stands, Rule 22 of the Highway Code says: "You must not park partially or wholly on the pavement in London and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it."

So, if you're a Londoner you better watch out. As for the rest of the UK, it's NOT illegal to park on pavements outside London at the moment.

As stated by the Highway Code, "parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs".

Although we might not think of pavement parking as an inconvenience when we're doing it, it's important to remember the effect it can have on pedestrians.


National support for the ban

The Department for Transport's cycling and walking investment strategy claimed the department would address pavement parking outside London this year, which includes the examination of an "alternative parking regime".

Likewise, MSPs in Scotland voted in principle to ban motorists from parking on pavements in addition to double parking.

Sandra White, MSP, said that "reckless parking can make life extraordinarily difficult for those with mobility or sight issues as well as many other pedestrians".

Elsewhere in the country, Leicester Council revealed plans to install controlled pavement parking bays in selected residential streets as part of a trial scheme. These plans were made following complaints that pavements were heavily blocked by cars.


The other side of the coin

Luke Bosdet, a spokesperson for the AA, comments: "When you look at what has been happening over the last 5-10 years, where people haven't been able to afford housing and have been living with their parents or rented houses with three or four people living at the same address, it means there are more cars parked outside. So, if you're going to look at a blanket ban on pavement parking, you've got to sort out your housing crisis."

That's some food for thought, and when you look at it from that point of view, Luke has got a point. But, what do you think about a £70 fine possibly coming to your area? Let us know in the comments below.

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