A group of MPs have called on the Government to outlaw pavement parking in England, following an investigation.
The Transport Committee criticised the Department for Transport for “failing to take action on pavement parking” adding that MPs have been told it has a detrimental effect on people’s lives and can lead to social isolation.
In 2015 the Government promised to look into the issue of pavement parking in England, however, the group said consultations, roundtable events and internal reviews failed to lead to any actions to improve the public’s experience of pavement parking.
As well as calling for an outright ban, the group provided three recommendations for the Government:
- Fund and deploy a national awareness campaign to highlight the negative consequences of pavement parking
- Publicise to the general public who enforces different types of parking offences
- Consult on a new offence of obstructive pavement parking
“Pavement parking has a huge impact on people’s lives and their ability get around their communities. Motorists may feel they have no choice but to park on the pavement and many try to do so in a considerate way, but evidence to our inquiry revealed the impact on those with visual and mobility impairments and people with children,” said Lilian Greenwood, chair of the Transport Committee. “We are deeply concerned that the Government has failed to act on this issue, despite long-standing promises to do so. 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.”