Pavement parking WARNING – Drivers blocking the pavements could begin facing fines
Pavement parkers in the UK could begin to land fines if they are caught parking on the kerb, a police force has now warned.
Pavement parking has been fiercely debated over the past year with many groups outraged by the fact drivers are getting away with it, despite the dangers.
The offence makes it difficult for parents with a pushchair, blind people and those in wheelchairs – and could force them to walk into the road to avoid the obstruction.
Campaigns have taken place of the past few years to try and introduced a nationwide pavement parking similar to the one in place in London.
One police force took to social media to condemn offences and warn drivers that they could soon face fines.
GMP Saddleworth and Lees, said: “Vehicles parking on the footpath taking up pedestrian space is dangerous and puts people’s lives at risk.
“This lady with her pram had to walk around the vehicle to pass by going into the roadway.
“Driver spoken to and stern warning issued with a fine as next step.
“Please be considerate guys and park properly.”
Currently, pavement parking is only illegal in London where motorists can be penalised with a £70.
The Highway Code advises motorists that they ‘should not’ park on the pavement outside of the capital.
Rule 22 of the Highway Code says: “You must not park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it.
“Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.”
Because the term ‘should not’ is advisory police forces have no obligation to fine motorists instead the discretion of the force should be brought into place.
However, the Department for Transport is currently considering an overhaul of the rules in favour of a countrywide ban.
Under the new rules, it would be completely illegal for a motorist to park on the pavement without explicit permission.