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Pavement parking

Pavements are for people

What we want

We should all be able to walk on pavements without worrying about vehicles blocking our way.

Vehicles parked on pavements are forcing people with pushchairs or children to walk unsafely in the road. And older people and those in wheelchairs can feel worried about leaving their homes as they feel unsafe walking down their own street.

 

What you can do

• Simon Hoare MP proposed a bill in Parliament to tackle pavement parking, as a result the government has committed to review the current law in 2016. Stay tuned to find out how you can help in the coming months. 

• A separate bill for Scotland is making steady progress at Holyrood - find out more.

• Thousands of people have supported our campaigns, writing to their councils and in support of MPs' private members bills, calling for action on pavement parking

 

 

Pavement parking - why is it a problem?

Pavement parking is a pain for everyone, but it’s particularly an issue for those with mobility problems, parents with pushchairs and older people, who may fear leaving their homes as they feel unsafe. As well as making it difficult for people to use their streets, it can also cause substantial damage to pavements. This costs councils tens of thousands of pounds each year to repair.

Who is responsible for enforcing pavement parking bans?

In most areas your local council or civil enforcement officers contracted on their behalf are responsible for enforcing pavement parking bans.

Is the government going to change the legislation on pavement parking?

In London, pavement parking is prohibited unless it says it is allowed. The government does not support changing the law to bring the rest of England, and Wales, in line with London

However, Simon Hoare MP has tabled a second Private Members’ Bill to Parliament to extend a ban across England and Wales unless specifically exempted.

What is the situation in Scotland?

Living Streets Scotland lead the Responsible Parking Alliance. In 2015, Sandra White MSP launched the Footway Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill. The Bill includes measures to ban double parking and parking in front of drop kerbs – already illegal in England and Wales.

What is the situation in London?

Pavement parking is banned throughout the 32 London boroughs, and the City of London under the Greater London (General Purposes) Act 1974. The Highway Code states; 'You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London'. All councils in London can and should enforce this law by issuing parking tickets to any vehicles parked on pavements, unless there is a sign there that specifically permits it.

What is Living Streets’ policy on pavement parking?

You can download our policy briefing on pavement parking.

 

More broadly, Living Streets calls for:

  • UK Government to make pavement parking illegal throughout the UK
  • Scottish Government to expand dropped kerb regulations into Scotland