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Government pavement parking consultation

October 12, 2020 10:59 AM
Originally published by Devon Liberal Democrats

The government is carrying out an England-wide consultation to decide on how to regulate pavement parking.

It is asking for your views towards pavement parking in your local area and why you feel this way.

Pavement parking can cause real problems for pedestrians, but particularly for wheelchair users, people with visual impairments and those with prams or buggies.

However, it is also important to recognise that in many narrow streets pavement parking is necessary to maintain free-flowing traffic, including for emergency services.

The Department for Transport believes local authorities are best placed to assess how parking should be managed in their communities, and it is trying to establish how to make legislation clear and effective.

Pavement parking has been prohibited in London since 1974. While successive governments have recognised there is no perfect solution to this complex problem, the department believes it is time to look again at this issue in detail.

Following the DfT's detailed review of pavement parking and the government's response to the Transport Committee's 2019 report on pavement parking (published 12 March 2020) this consultation seeks your views on some options to help local authorities tackle this problem.

You can take part in this consultation here.