Parking On Pavement Changes Could Result In Fines Across The Country

Fri 6th Apr 2018

Changes to the law on parking on pavements could see UK drivers facing a fine of up to £70, after the Department of Transport announced a review of the legislation.

The law, which has previously only applied to those parking on kerbs in London since 1974, may be set to change.

The Highway Code states that drivers must not park on pavements in London, and this is a law which is vigorously enforced in the capital. However, the rest of the country seems to be a little vaguer on the law, with the advice only stating that drivers should not park on the pavement ‘elsewhere’.

The issue has been discussed in parliament with transport minister Jesse Norman stating: “The department [DfT] is now undertaking a broader piece of work to gather evidence on the issue of pavement parking. We expect to be able to draw conclusions later this year.”

Drivers are fined across London, with the £130 penalty notices reduced by half if paid within 14 days.

It’s not the first time the issue has been raised in parliament, a Private Members’ Bill in 2015 was defeated, and there are concerns that some areas of Britain, with no off-street parking, could be unfairly punished.

“There are some streets that are so narrow that if cars park on both sides it wouldn’t allow emergency vehicles or bin lorries to get through,” the AA’s president Edmund King said in response to the debate.

However, the RAC suggest that equal consideration should be given to pedestrians. Steve Gooding from the Foundation said: “Motorists parking up on the pavement should also have an eye to the people whose paths they might be blocking, particularly in built-up areas where thoughtless parking can mean wheelchair users and parents with prams or buggies have to contend with motor traffic.”