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Pavement parking to get rethink

April 18, 2016 | By | In News

It could soon become illegal to leave a car parked on the pavement, in a move that echoes a law that has been in place in London for the last 40 years.

Designed to make the pavement a safer place to walk, the total ban would see offenders receive a fine of up to £70. At present, this rule is only enforced in the capital.

Although road safety campaigners are welcoming the proposed rule, many are worried that it will give councils another avenue to follow when charging motorists.

AA president Edmund King told the Daily Mail: “The concern would be that local authorities will be able to ban pavement parking without looking at the consequences – and without studying the alternatives.

“Getting rid of pavement parking is fine – but only if you remove some of the redundant double yellow lines in order to create space elsewhere.”

Parking on the pavement is generally accepted outside of London, with drivers allowed to mount the curb as long as they cause no obstruction or when on a road with double-yellow lines.

Parking in London has been banned since 1974, and now the Department for Transport has confirmed that is its taking a drastic change of parking rules for the rest of the country into consideration.

A spokesman for the department said: “We are currently considering the rules around pavement parking, including whether more can be done to make it easier for councils to tackle problem areas in a consistent way.”

Jack Evans

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After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

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