17th September 2018
30th August marked 1,000 days of delay since the Government promised to find out how a new law on pavement parking would work. The BPA has joined with 19 other organisations, including Guide Dogs and Living Streets, to call on the Government to take urgent action on pavement parking.
An open letter which had over 17,000 signatures was delivered to the Prime Minister at number 10. The letter, signed by groups representing people with disabilities, older people and a wide-range of road users, challenges the government for repeatedly stalling on the issue since 2015 and says: “Cars parked on pavements force people into the road to face oncoming traffic, which is particularly dangerous for many, including blind and partially sighted people, parents with pushchairs and young children, wheelchair users and others who use mobility aids. Pedestrians should be able to rely on pavements being clear and safe.”
A poll by YouGov for the charity Guide Dogs shows only 5% of drivers are aware of all aspects of the current law on pavement parking, which differs between London and the rest of Great Britain. Guide Dogs is calling for a nationwide system like the one which operates in the capital, where pavement parking is outlawed unless there is a specific exemption in place. Campaigns manager Jessica Leigh said: “Drivers often park on the pavement without thinking about the impact on others, but can you imagine being forced to walk out into a busy road when you can’t see the traffic coming? A nationwide law would give clarity to drivers and keep people safe. A thousand days is a long time to wait when your safety is at risk.”
Living Streets, the charity which promotes everyday walking in the UK, said pavement parking caused problems for everyone using our streets. Chief executive Joe Irvin said: “We’re regularly contacted by disabled and older people who are effectively trapped in their homes because there isn’t enough room on the pavement for wheelchairs or mobility aids. We want the law to be clear: pavement parking should not be permitted.”
Article taken from the BPA website. The British Parking Association is a not for profit organisation, representing, promoting and influencing the parking and traffic management profession throughout the UK and Europe. You can find out more about the BPA here: www.britishparking.co.uk