UK drivers to be fined £70 for mounting kerbs and parking on pavements

UK drivers to be fined £70 for mounting kerbs and parking on pavements

UK drivers who mount kerbs and park on pavements could soon be fined £70.

Although it has been banned across the capital city since 1974, the practise is still completely legal in the rest of country.

However, the Local Government Association hopes to change this by asking the Government to give councils the powers to enforce a ban that could see drivers prevented from parking on any part of the pavement, including kerbs.

Their spokesperson Martin Tett said: “Local authorities need this power to respond to concerns raised by their communities, for example if a street is becoming dangerously congested or pedestrians are being forced to step out into the street to get round parked vehicles.

“This is particularly dangerous for blind or partially sighted people and mums and dads with prams.”

Local authorities who want to stop pavement parkers claim that the existing rules mean they have to catch people as they park, which is time-consuming, bureaucratic and expensive.

The plans for the new fine follow complaints from residents that pavements were being blocked by cars being parked mounted on the kerb.

Charity Living Streets, is also campaigning for a nationwide ban.

It says: “Pavements are for people to walk on.

“Vehicles parked on the footway can cause an obstruction and inhibit the independence of many vulnerable people, especially older or disabled people with visual or mobility impairments.

“And when pedestrians, for example families with pushchairs, are forced into the road and into oncoming traffic, pavement parking is simply dangerous.

“Pavements are not designed to carry the weight of vehicles, and the added maintenance cost of repairing cracked and damaged paving adds an unnecessary financial burden to already cash-strapped councils.

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

“That’s why Living Streets is calling for UK-wide action on pavement parking.”

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