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£70 fines mooted for parking on pavement

New proposals from the Department for Transport could land motorists who park on the pavement with a fine of up to £70.

“The Department for Transport has been considering the scope for improving the traffic regulation order process,” Transport Minister Jesse Norman said. “However, the Department is now undertaking a broader piece of work to gather evidence on the issue of pavement parking.”

Parking on pavements in London has been illegal since 1974, but now the Government wants to give local councils throughout the UK the right to introduce fixed penalty notices.

Any change is likely to be based on Rule 22 of the Highway Code, which 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 pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.”

However, a blanket ban on pavement parking may not prove universally popular. Quoted on the ContractHireAndLeasing.com website, the AA’s Edmund King said: “There are some streets that are so narrow that if cars park on both sides it wouldn’t allow emergency vehicles or bin lorries to get through. We would be concerned if there was a blanket ban because it is clearly possible in some areas to park on the pavement while still allowing room for pushchairs or people in wheelchairs to pass.”