Highway Code pavement parking consultation launched

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Published on 7 September 2020 by Mike Waters

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced the launch of a new consultation over potential changes to the Highway Code to make it easier to prevent pavement parking 

In a statement on its website, the DfT noted that Many towns and cities were not designed to accommodate today’s high traffic levels; and at some locations, especially in residential areas with narrow roads and no driveways, the pavement is the only place to park without obstructing the carriageway. 

However, irrespective of whether pavement parking is deemed necessary, there are inherent dangers for all pedestrians; being forced onto the carriageway and into the flow of traffic. This is particularly difficult for people with sight or mobility impairments, and those with prams or buggies. While resulting damage to the pavement and verges is, uppermost, a trip hazard, maintenance and personal injury claims are also a cost to local authorities. 

The main changes being proposed would make it easier to pass laws to respond to pavement parking, extend the London-style ban on pavement parking and give councils the power to fine offenders, and a range of options have been put forward.  

However, the DfT has admitted that it recognises that there are pros and cons for each of the options”, and it is also inviting the public to contribute “any alternative proposals you may have for managing pavement parking”. 

The consultation will run until November 22 2020 and you can find out more about how to contribute to it at the DfT’s website here. 

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