What we say

Pavements are for people to walk on - so parking on pavements is therefore a major concern for our supporters and the general public.

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.

It is also worth adding that pavement surfaces 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.

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What we want

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

That's why Living Streets is calling on the UK Government to bring forward legislation to make it easier for councils to control pavement parking.

Did you know?

Driving on the pavement is illegal

... and yet pavement parking remains legal in most parts of the UK. Begging the question: how do vehicles manage to park on the pavements in the first place?

73%

People aged 65 and over polled for Living Streets in 2014 who said pavement parking was a problem for them in their local area.

50%

Older people who say they would be more likely to walk outside if the pavements were clear of vehicles parked on them.

What can you do

Thousands of people have already supported our campaigns, writing to their councils and in support of MPs private members bills. In Scotland, supporters can back a separate bill in Holyrood. If pavement parking is a problem in your street you can download one of two poster designs to put up at your window.

FAQs

Who is responsible for enforcing pavement parking bans?

In most areas your local council or civil enforcement officers contracted on their behalf are responsible for enforcing pavement parking bans.

Is the government going to change the legislation on pavement parking?

In London, pavement parking is prohibited unless it says it is allowed. The government does not support changing the law to bring the rest of England, and Wales, in line with London. However, in 2015 Simon Hoare MP tabled a second Private Members’ Bill to Parliament to extend a ban across England and Wales unless specifically exempted. The Bill was withdrawn in December 2015 when the Government promised to review current legislation and assess the implications of changing it. To date, this review has not taken place. However, in April 2017 the government committed to undertake a review of traffic regulation orders during the summer.

How can a traffic regulation order (TRO) help stop pavement parking?

Local authorities can restrict pavement parking on individual streets (or by area) by the making a traffic regulation order (TRO). The drawback is that this can shift the problem elsewhere. Making a TRO is also a time consuming and expensive process - it takes up to two years and requires extensive public consultation. However, once parking on pavements is banned on a particular street civil enforcement officers are able to enforce it by issuing a parking control notice – code 62. In April 2017 the government committed to undertake a review of traffic regulation orders during the summer. If the process of making traffic regulation orders was less onerous it would make banning pavement parking easier.

What is the situation in Scotland?

Living Streets Scotland leads the Responsible Parking Alliance. In 2015, Sandra White MSP launched the Footway Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill. The bill includes measures to ban double parking and parking in front of drop kerbs – already illegal in England and Wales. The bill fell on 23 March 2016, following dissolution of Session 4 of the parliament. MSPs voted in principle to support the ban and the majority of MSPs in new Scottish Parliament were elected on manifestos that commit to banning footway parking. In 2017 the Scottish Parliament consulted on changes to parking rules, including pavement parking, and is expected to legislate.

What is the situation in London?

Pavement parking is banned throughout the 32 London boroughs, and the City of London under the Greater London (General Purposes) Act 1974. The Highway Code states; 'You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London'. All councils in London can and should enforce this law by issuing parking tickets to any vehicles parked on pavements, unless there is a sign there that specifically permits it.