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Currently solely London has clamped down on the scourge, however a brand new report has known as for the ban to be rolled out throughout the entire nation.
The Local Government Association (LGA) says thoughtless parking presents ‘an actual hazard and a possible hazard to life’, with motorists usually placing older individuals, wheelchair customers and people with pushchairs in danger by forcing them into the street.
Presently, councils merely lack the required powers to deal with the issue, with the LGA consulting with them over how greatest to ramp up motion. The report discovered different issues related to pavement parking embody damaging the floor – resulting in expensive repairs – and creating journey hazards.
The Department for Transport (DfT) concluded its session into the potential empowerment of councils again in November 2020. However, there was no official announcement since then. A DfT spokesperson mentioned its session response “will be published in due course”.
“While local authorities already have powers to prohibit pavement parking through local regulation, we have consulted on further helping them take action,” it mentioned.
The LGA mentioned a modification in laws is ‘lengthy overdue’ and would assist councils in safeguarding older and susceptible people from hurt.
LGA transport spokesman Darren Rodwell mentioned: “Pavement parking is one of the biggest complaints from pedestrians, but three years on councils outside of London still do not have the powers they need to tackle this scourge.”
Scotland was the primary nation within the UK to make pavement parking unlawful earlier this 12 months.