Guide Dogs calls for safer parking laws


Guide Dogs has called for a nationwide law on pavement parking in a response to a Government consultation. Guide Dogs wants to bring the rest of the country into line with Greater London where pavement parking is prohibited except in areas where it is expressly permitted.

A YouGov survey found that 54% of drivers admit to parking on the pavement, of which 17% are doing it once a week or more. Yet, cars parked on pavements are a significant risk to blind and partially sighted people, older people, disabled people, and families with pushchairs.


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Parking on pavements can result in blind and partially sighted people injuring themselves by walking into the car. It may also force people to walk out into the road, which is very dangerous if they are unable to see oncoming traffic or if their return to the kerb is obstructed by a line of cars.

Despite the significant risks parking on pavements poses, a 2013 survey by Guide Dogs found that 90% of respondents (including blind, partially sighted and fully sighted individuals) reported pavement parking to be a problem in their areas.

It is clear that existing legislation intended to prevent parking on pavements isn’t working, which is why it is vital that the Government takes action now.




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