Department for Transport considers pavement parking fine

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London has already implemented rules making it illegal to park on pavements or kerbs, and the Local Government Association is now calling for councils to have this power nationwide.

Outside of London, drivers are not allowed to park on kerbs if there are double yellow lines or if there are signs indicating that pavement parking will cause an obstruction.

The LGA argues that parking on the kerb is dangerous for pedestrians, including the elderly, blind or those using mobility scooters, as it forces them into the road in order to avoid the obstruction.

Driving on the pavement is illegal in England, Scotland and Wales, however, this is rarely enforced when it comes to drivers who park on the kerb. It is believed that one of the reasons is that councils are worried the parking problem will be displaced elsewhere.

Authorities have also argued that current Traffic Regulation Orders mean motorists who park inconsiderately have to be caught in the act.

The LGA is now calling for the implementation of a £70 pavement parking fine. It argues the money raised from fines could go towards repairing damaged kerbs, pavements and roads.

Transport spokesman for the LGA, Martin Tett, commented: "Local authorities need this power to respond to concerns raised by their communities, for example if a street is becoming dangerously congested or pedestrians are being forced to step out into the street to get round parked vehicles."

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