MPs are calling for a ban on motorists parking cars on pavements because it “puts pedestrians in danger”.
The Commons’ Transport Committee has called for a new law and an awareness campaign on the impact it has, especially for those with mobility or visual impairments.
The committee warned that parking on the pavement “exacerbates isolation and loneliness” because people may be physically stopped from leaving their homes or feel unable to do so safely.
Motorists could reportedly face a £70 fine for mounting the kerb anywhere in England, with the transport committee branding the activity as “anti-social behaviour” in a new report.
The report says: “Pavement parking puts pedestrians in danger when they are forced to move into the road to get around a vehicle or where there are trip hazards due to damage to the pavement”.
“This is a thorny problem that may be difficult to resolve to the satisfaction of all, but the government’s inaction has left communities blighted by unsightly and obstructive pavement parking and individuals afraid or unable to leave their homes or safely navigate the streets.”
“In the long-term we believe the government should ban pavement parking across England – as is already the case in London.”
“Local authorities could create exemptions if they choose to do so, but drivers would know that unless it was expressly permitted it was illegal to park their car on the pavement.”
The MPs recommend that local councils be given extra powers to combat “anti-social parking behaviour.”
Legislation banning pavement parking is already being considered by the Scottish Parliament.