Pavement Parking Raised as Key Issue in Parliamentary Debate

On Thursday 27 March MPs discussed parking in a debate in Parliament following the publication of a report on Local Authority Parking Enforcement by the Transport Select Committee. Parking on pavements was a key issue that was discussed, and was raised by all MPs at the debate.

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In the debate, Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick drew attention to pavement parking as a "huge issue" for people with guide dogs and other pedestrians. He discussed the London model of pavement parking, explaining how this would bring about a presumption against parking on the pavement.

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill recognised the prevalence of pavement parking, commenting that he receives large numbers of letters from his constituents about the issue.

Pavement parking is dangerous for pedestrians, particularly people with sight loss, parents with pushchairs, wheelchair users and other disabled people. People with sight loss are particularly affected as they can be forced into the road where they can't see oncoming traffic. Guide Dogs is calling for a UK-wide law prohibiting pavement parking, unless specifically permitted, as is in place in Greater London.


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