Parking on pavements has been quite a controversial subject over the last few years as in some locations it can be unclear if it's illegal, or not. You may take the risk sometimes, but on return to your car you're not sure whether you will find a ticket on the windscreen. It's also estimated that nearly seventy per cent of the population want parking on pavements to become banned everywhere. The recent story regarding Guide Dogs has petitioned parking on pavements to be made illegal. It is clearly understandable that this parking tradition forces helpless pedestrians to walk on the road. Vulnerable people such as the blind, those using wheelchairs, pushchairs, the elderly and small children should not have to walk around cars parked on the pavement.
Outlawing parking on pavements
It is a concern that disabled people may have to enter the road because of a vehicle parked on the pathway. Pedestrians are wanting the government to act fast against inconsiderate motorists. A recent poll for the Guide Dogs suggests 7/10 people want parking on pavements outlawed. Furthermore, 8/10 councillors in the UK are backing the restrictions.
Parking on pavements has been banned in most parts of London, however petitioners want to see inconsiderate parking outlawed across the whole of Britain. When we are fit and healthy, these concerns evade most of us, but it's only when one is subject to vulnerabilities do you notice the inconvenience.
It is frightening for anyone to be forced into the road because of a vehicle blocking the pathway. Even when a person is fit and healthy, walking around a car can be quite daunting, particularly if the road is very busy. Now, can you imagine what it would like for someone with vulnerabilities? Pushchair's, particularly double buggies and wheelchairs can be somewhat difficult to manoeuvre especially when they have to go up and down curbs.
The strange thing is, there is always plenty of parking available. It might not be where you want it to be, but spaces should be found within a walk even if you have to pay a small fee.
Actually, the UK Highway Code regarding parking on pavements is obscure. Rule 244 states, '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 vulnerable pedestrians.
The ruling states that motorists must not park elsewhere unless signs permit it. This clearly indicates that it is not just associated with London, but elsewhere in Britain, yet fines are never given out. Local councils do have the right to ban parking on pavements, but at present the majority don't. It would be good to see parking on pathways restricted to certain areas with clear notices on pavement parking.