Will You Be Affected By Pavement Parking Crackdown?

Tue 11th Dec 2018

Millions of drivers could be forced to change their parking spots if the Government pushes ahead with a review of the current parking laws.

Whilst parking across pavements is currently something of a grey area for drivers, it is only drivers in London who can expect to see a fine for parking illegally on the pavements, with an on the spot fine of £70 implemented.

With local councils and authorities awaiting to hear from the Government in 2019 and to see if they give powers to be enforced similar to those in the capital, there could be a major crackdown on those who currently park on the pavement. A Transport Bill was discussed in Scottish parliament earlier this year, one which would have banned pavement and double parking.

The UK Government is set to review the law next year and the change could affect as many as three million car drivers, with YourParkingSpace.co.uk revealing that one in 10 drivers admit to regularly parking on the pavement.

Harrison Woods, managing director at YourParkingSpace.co.uk, said: “Parking splits opinion, none more so than the issue of parking on pavements. In many parts of the UK it is still allowed but this could soon change as the Government reviews the issue. The outcome could affect the parking habits of millions.

“Parking on a pavement can cause real inconvenience to pedestrians but some motorists feel it can be their only option.

“Our advice, where pavement parking is currently allowed, is to always make sure there’s plenty of room for pedestrians to get pass and to be aware of people with a pushchair, with a visual impairment or in a wheelchair.”

YourParkingSpace.co.uk’s own survey suggests that the nation is split on the issue of pavement parking with an exact 50/50 divide between those in favour and those against a pavement parking ban.