County Council urges MPs to back bill to end pavement parking

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Posted on: 10 November 2015

Devon County Council is urging the Transport Secretary and Devon MPs to back a bill to help end the blight of parking on pavements.

The Pavement Parking (Protection of Vulnerable Pedestrians) Bill is scheduled for its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday 4 December.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, has written to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP, and Devon’s local MPs, appealing for them to support the bill.

Councillor Hughes said: “This issue needs dealing with because bad practices adopted by motorists have become widespread throughout our communities, both large and small, rural and urban. Pavement parking remains a dilemma for local authorities, as there are no specific powers for our Civil Parking Enforcement Officers to enforce ‘obstruction’ of highways, or, footways. It’s vital that this bill is supported to permit local authorities to address inconsiderate and dangerous behaviour on our roads without undue cost to the public purse.”

Over the last couple of months in Devon, the County Council received 41 complaints of parking on pavements in September, and 27 in October.

In his letter, Councillor Hughes states: “Whilst powers have been granted to introduce Traffic Regulation Orders throughout our area of responsibility, we believe there is a real need for further legislation in order to realise consistency throughout England, and remove the need for Orders and associated traffic signing.

“The introduction of specific Orders by this authority to combat the practice site by site is cost prohibitive, in particular the provision of signing to inform motorists of the affected area is costly, and potentially intrusive on the street scape.”

Councillor Hughes has also written to North Dorset MP Simon Hoare, who is the sponsor of the Private Members’ Bill, expressing the County Council’s backing for the bill.

2 comments on “County Council urges MPs to back bill to end pavement parking

  1. chris webb says:

    In Chudleigh. in certain areas, Parking wholly or partly on public pavements is the norm. there is little or no enforcement. I am aware of elderly and disabled residents with a frame , buggy etc unable to get by,and either have to get out in the road or even wait for the vehicle to move. this is a disgrace. pavements are for pedestrians not vehicles, there should be a crack down on this, but who is going to do is just getting worse and worse.

  2. TonyLang says:

    In Fore Street, Salcombe, about 50% of delivery vehicles park partly or entirely on pavements when making their deliveries. Very often, other vehicles mount the pavement on the other side of the road in order to get past. They seem to be totally oblivious to the fact that pedestrians have the right of way. Pedestrians regularly have to stand in shop doorways to avoid getting squashed. The solution is quite simple. It must be made clearly to all road users that parking on pavements is never allowed. If traffic wardens aren’t empowered to enforce this, the police certainly are! If there is no alternative delivery drivers (and shopkeepers) will have to stop in the road to make deliveries. This may cause delays but will be much safer and may even discourage some unnecessary journeys through Fore Street.
    Tony Lang

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