Local Campaigns

Pavement Parking

The YouGov poll commissioned by Guide Dogs shows that most drivers in the UK (54%) admit they park on the pavement. However, nearly five out of 10 drivers (48%) who said they park on a pavement haven’t thought about the possible problems they cause to blind or partially sighted people. Many pavement parkers in the UK also haven’t thought about the possible risk they pose to other vulnerable road users like the elderly (50%), and adults with prams (36%).

Mel Griffiths, guide dog owner and volunteer campaigner, said: "Parking on pavements can be extremely dangerous. If the car blocks the pavement my guide dog, Hudson, and I have to find an alternative route around it, which can mean facing oncoming traffic. A frightening and dangerous prospect, especially when you can’t see."
Parking on pavements can also be hazardous for people in wheelchairs, the elderly and parents pushing prams.

Community Protection is a Nottinghamshire Police and Nottingham City Council partnership and its Parking Enforcement Team deals with a range of matters including unlicensed, untaxed and abandoned vehicles, parking breaches and school safety. They are currently working with Guide Dogs to highlight how inconsiderate parking impacts on people who are visually impaired.

James Clancy, parking enforcement manager at Community Protection, said: "Some motorists don't give a second thought to where they've parked their vehicle, as long as it's not on double yellow lines or in restricted bays. A slight encroachment onto a pavement may not seem like a problem but in doing so you’re restricting access for visually impaired people, elderly residents, people with pushchairs and those in wheelchairs.

"We want people to pause after they park and consider if their vehicle is blocking access for others. If it is, find somewhere else to leave the car."

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