Pavement parking ban call by Guide Dogs charity


Guide Dogs wants parking on pavements automatically banned - unless specifically permitted

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Motorists should be banned from parking on pavements because the practice forces vulnerable pedestrians to walk in the road, campaigners have said.

The charity Guide Dogs say blocking the pavement, especially for blind people, is "inconsiderate and dangerous".

There is already a ban on parking on footways on most London streets.

A poll for the charity suggested seven out of 10 people want restrictions for the rest of the country - and eight out of 10 councillors would back a new law.

Susan Williamson, who is completely blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other, said: "Stepping out to get round vehicles is really intimidating.

"It's a constant concern which me and my husband (who is in a wheelchair) face every day and it would be so easily solved by parking on pavements being prevented by law."

'Real danger'

Her concerns were echoed by James White, Guide Dogs' campaigns manager.

Guide dog The average working life of a guide dog is five to six years

"It can be frightening for anyone who is forced to step into a road because the pavement is blocked by a van, car or other badly parked vehicle," he said.

"Now imagine you have to step into a road where you can't see oncoming traffic.

"We want politicians to act, preventing this form of inconsiderate and dangerous parking."

Opinion pollsters YouGov carried out the survey for the charity, questioning 2,352 people in England, Scotland and Wales.

Separately 407 councillors in England and Wales were polled to gauge the views of local government.

Peter Box, chairman of the Local Government Association's economy and transport board, said: "Inconsiderate drivers parking on pavements cause huge inconvenience and pose real danger to blind or partially-sighted people and wheelchair users.

"That is why councils fully support the call for a new law to end the current confusion caused by different rules for motorists parking inside the capital and around the rest of the country."


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    Comment number 858.

    With power assisted steering I've noticed cars are now being parked closer together. All we need next is 4 wheel steering and it'll soon be impossible to find a gap to cross the road without climbing over a bonnet. Perhaps they should put steps on cars so as we can walk over them :-). It'd solve the pavement parking problem too! Well, not if you're in a wheel chair or pushing a pram, of course.

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    Comment number 847.

    My parents live on a narrow road hosting two rows of houses (the other is backed by a main A-road) where there are no special parking areas, so there is no choice other than to park on the pavement. So one side of the road has cars with two wheels on the pavement, leaving the other side clear. It's not a matter of laziness, it is a matter of necessity.

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    Comment number 536.

    I frequently have the urge to leave notes on local badly-parked cars pointing out that they're causing an obstruction & where there is space in which they can be parked - like their owners' driveways.

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    Comment number 528.

    I agree with the call for a ban. I am a driver and cyclist and I can say that most motorists are thoughtless when it come to parking. As a cyclist I have to avoid pedestrians and vehicles parked on the pavement and dedicated cycle lane created to protect cyclists from the traffic. I have already been hit by a motorist because the dedicated cycle path was blocked by vehicles.

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    Comment number 518.

    I'm disabled through a brain injury and have bad balance and co-ordination. It really annoys me, when people park on pavements and I have to walk on the road. Not only is it dangerous, I also have trouble negotiating kerbs and dips in the road. Not only is it dangerous for me to walk on the road, as my bad balance can cause me to lurch out, but negotiating the height of the kerb is also difficult.


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