Imagine an end to pavement parking in Wales - Well, we're almost there!
With the Welsh Government having now announced that changes to regulations on pavement parking will be included in Legislative Programme 2021-2022, we expect changes to be in place by July 2022!
Everyone should be able to rely on pavements that are safe and clear. And yet obstructions caused by pavement parking continue to be a menace particularly for older adults and disabled people.
The proposed changes will allow local authorities to enforce pavement parking where it is unnecessary or creating an obstruction to people on the footway. Alongside the new regulations, guidelines will be issued to local authorities setting out exactly what this means.
Whilst this isn't the outright ban we are calling for, the Welsh Government has agreed to give more powers to local authorities to enforce obstruction of the pavement, which can currently only be enforced by the police.
New guidance for local authorities is currently being drawn up which will also help to ensure a consistent approach is taken across Wales.
Survey respondent Folkert Veenstra, Montgomeryshire:
“People use the pavement as a car park and it’s dangerous for everyone. I use a wheelchair and if the pavement is not wide enough, I can’t get past. It’s particularly bad for blind people – at least I can see the cars. People just don’t think. It shouldn’t be like this; pavements should be for people.”
Deputy Minister for Transport. Lee Waters MS:
"The Living Streets Cymru report highlights the real blight for communities caused by pavement parking. Welsh Government is looking at ways to address this problem as part of our wider response to the climate emergency, the air quality crisis and the obesity epidemic."
Rhiannon Hardiman, Living Streets Cymru Manager
“We want a default ban in Wales with an exception allowing pavement parking on specially designated streets. We need safe and accessible pavements to encourage people of all ages to walk more, and we are working with the Welsh Government to stop this dangerous practice.”
We did it! Scotland has voted to introduce a nationwide ban on pavement parking.
Find out more about our successful campaign in Scotland.
The Transport Select Committee published its report on pavement parking calling on the Government to stop stalling and introduce a ban.
More than 4,000 Living Streets supporters contributed to our submission - watch video of this now on our campaign page.
And in 2020, the Government consulted on a national ban and more than 7000 Living Streets supporters helped with our response. We’re now waiting for Government to make a decision.
Pavement parking. Street clutter. Electric car charging points.
We have created an action pack on each of these issues so you can get your local decision-makers on the case and raise awareness in your area.