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Survey shows few support UK-wide pavement parking ban

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July 3, 2018
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A UK pavement parking ban is opposed by most British people despite a Government review that could see it outlawed.

A survey by online parking portal yourparkingspace.co.uk reveals that 55 per cent of those asked don’t approve of legislation preventing motorists from parking their cars on the pavement.

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Confusion surrounds pavement parking laws

Currently it is only illegal to park on the pavement in London.  There is confusion elsewhere though as you can still get a fine for pavement parking in some circumstances.

The Department for Transport is considering a review of current legislation which could ban pavement parking throughout the UK. The Transport (Scotland) Bill would also introduce a ban north of the border.

A quarter of the 500 people asked, said they parked on the pavement to prevent blocking the road.

Almost one in 10 motorists said they park on the pavement every day and 15% said they had done so as there was nowhere else for them to park.

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Tough measures encouraged to tackle pavement parking

Of those against pavement parking one in three would like to see £50 on the spot fines, while others argued for automatic points on the licence, driving awareness courses and even community service for offenders.

Managing director at yourparkingspace.co.uk Harrison Woods said: “This is a very surprising result as it appears that a majority of Brits do not want to see a nationwide ban.

“It could be that for some motorists might be their only option, especially of they want to avoid blocking the road, but there is also the issue of the inconvenience that parking a car on a pavement can cause to pedestrians.

“If parking on the pavement really is the only option, and it is allowed, then motorists should always make sure there is ample room for pedestrians to get past, especially those with a pushchair, in a wheelchair or with visual impairment.”

  • Do we really need another excuse to bash the motorist with more legislation and fines? Up to 12 million motorists are slapped with Penalty Notices for offences each year. A charge is issued on average every 2.5 seconds. Let us know what you would do about persistent pavement parkers. 

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