Devon to continue campaign to tackle pavement parking

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Posted on: 10 December 2015

Devon County Council says it will continue to pursue efforts for its parking enforcement officers to be granted more powers to deal with obstructive parking.

It comes after the House of Commons withdrew a motion for a bill to end Pavement Parking.

At today’s (Thursday 10 December) Full Council meeting, Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, expressed disappointment on behalf of the County Council at the decision.

Councillor Hughes said: “It’s extremely disappointing that this opportunity has been missed. North Dorset MP Simon Hoare, who was the sponsor of the Private Members’ Bill, presented compelling evidence in favour of the bill. He cited research which shows that 70% of those who are blind have, in the past three months, collided with a car parked on a pavement, and that 32% feel less confident about going out.

“Although this particular bill has been withdrawn, the discussions will continue. The issue is important – not only could the bill assist the visually impaired, but also the disabled and parents with young children. We are heartened that the Minister of State at the Department for Transport, Robert Goodwill MP, has committed to further investigate the issue and examine evidence in the new year. Devon County Council will continue to gather evidence of the problems on its network and we will look to share this to inform discussions.”

Powers to deal with obstruction of pavements currently rest with the Police.

Devon County Council received 41 complaints of parking on pavements in Devon in September, and 27 complaints in October.

4 comments on “Devon to continue campaign to tackle pavement parking

  1. John Clay says:

    I would like to complain about the number of cars parked on Devonshire Road
    Honiton outside WDV Ltd and further along this road. It is very difficult to negociate this part of the road due to the large number of cars parked .

    Your comments would be appreciated

  2. David Wood says:

    This is a crime of low priority to local councils and local police. Funding cuts are not helping. The safety considerations of pedestrians, like mothers with prams and walking toddlers are not being given the same concern as the elderly.

    This is a paragraph directly copied from the HIghway code PDF.

    244. You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.
    Law GL(GP)A sect 15

    It states “You must not” then why is it not treated as a motoring an offense?

  3. Chris Eva says:

    I live in Cullompton and every day l go for a walk around Cullompton and see lots of cars park on the pavement and can’t walk pass have to walk on the road the other day l see a postman park right across the pavement In kingfisher reach l had no chance of walking pass l had to go in the road l told the postman about and he look at me it’s about time the council started to do something about this before someone gets injured

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