Pavement Parking Update

We welcome the Government announcement that they will hold a public consultation on a national pavement parking ban this summer.

It will include options such as allowing local authorities with civil parking enforcement powers to crack down on unnecessary obstruction of the pavement. Currently, outside London, only police have this power.

It will also consider how a nationwide ban on pavement parking enforced by local authorities might work, allowing for any necessary exceptions or designated spots for pavement parking where needed, and how a tailored approach may be required in rural and suburban areas which face very different challenges.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: We welcome the Transport Select Committee’s recent report and share their drive to tackle pavement parking and improve people’s daily lives. The Transport Select Committee Pavement Parking inquiry reported in September 2019 and looked at the problems caused by pavement parking, the effectiveness of legislation, and the case for reform. It recommend that,

 “in the long term, the Government legislate for a nationwide ban on pavement parking across England, outside London. The legislation should give the Secretary of State for Transport powers to make secondary legislation setting out exemptions that local authorities can make from a nationwide ban. We recommend that the Government include in the legislation a provision for a new exemption order process based on the London model. The specific nature of those exemptions should only be determined following public consultation and the full involvement of local authorities across England. It should include a full impact assessment to weigh the resource implications to local authorities of different options. The enforcement of this ban should lie with local authorities and not the police who do not have time to enforce parking offences.”

We have consistently called for the government to have a clear and consistent UK-wide common standard that enables local authorities to manage and enforce parking on footways, with the presumption being that obstructive/pavement parking is not allowed.