The authors of a new survey claim a majority of people in the UK would not support a ban on pavement parking.
That’s despite proposed shake-ups in England, Wales and Scotland that would see parking with two wheels on the pavement banned.
At present the rules say that it is only illegal in London to park on a pavement, although it is grey area for the rest of the UK as you can still get a fine in some circumstances.
If you’re going to park your car like this, selfishly blocking a dropped kerb and pavement, expect to find a parking fine stuck to your windscreen when you come back to it. Deepdale Road, Preston. #MN18 #T2TacOps pic.twitter.com/w88vJp7fbD
â€” Lancs Road Police (@LancsRoadPolice) February 26, 2018
However, the Department for Transport is considering a review of current traffic legislation which could make the whole of the UK the same as London, while the Transport (Scotland) Bill will introduce a ban in Scotland.
Well done to the @Edinburgh_CC and @Aberdeenshire transport staff for helping @transcotland research the local costs of implementing a pavement ban parking (See billâ€™s financial memorandum). Shows that small set up costs will be worth the huge future benefits @HumzaYousaf https://t.co/Bpl7ktISah
â€” Living Streets Scot (@LStreetsScot) June 11, 2018
Pavement parking: a controversial issue
Pavement parking is a controversial issue, with those against the practice complaining that it puts pedestrians in danger, with parents with pushchairs, children, the visually impaired and people reliant on wheelchairs particularly at risk.
â€” Ian Beverley (@ianbev) June 16, 2015
The sooner there is a law banning #PavementParking the better. I nearly got ran over today because some ignorant lazy driver decided to park on the pavement and I had to walk on the road – not the safest option re #blind pedestrian. ðŸ™ƒ
â€” Ben Wilson (@benjiwirral) June 29, 2018
As a new Mum I now appreciate how difficult it is to travel with a pram/wheelchair due to all the vehicles parked on the pavement or blocking dropped kerbs. I therefore wholeheartedly support this! If the road is too narrow, park elsewhere! #PavementParking
â€” Laura McCulloch MRTPI MCIHT MSc (Soton & OBU) (@LorMcC) June 13, 2018
Last month,Â Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth South, backed charity Guide Dogs’ calls for the UK Government to publish research into the impact of pavement parking first promised in 2015.
He told The News: “We need to develop environments that enable disabled people to live independently, not in isolation. Iâ€™m pleased to back Guide Dogs in calling on the government to stop dragging their heels, stick to their promise, and publish this research as a matter of urgency.”
The proposed ‘prohibition’ in Scotland, and the news that the UK government is considering a similar ban attracted widespread support online, but a recent survey commissioned by online parking portal YourParkingSpace.co.uk revealed that 55 per cent of respondentsÂ donâ€™t want to stop motorists from being able to park their cars on a pavement.
TheÂ survey also revealed some of the reasons why motorists park on a pavement, with almost a quarter of the 500 people who took part in the survey saying they had done so to stop their car from blocking the road.
Harrison Woods, managing director atÂ YourParkingSpace.co.uk, said: â€œThis is a very surprising result as it appears that a majority of Brits do not want to see a nationwide ban.
â€œIt could be that for some motorists it might be their only option, especially if they want to avoid blocking the road, but there is also the issue of the inconvenience that parking a car on a pavement can cause to pedestrians by obstructing their route.
â€œIf parking on a pavement really is the only option, and it is allowed, then motorists should always make sure there is ample room for pedestrians to get past, especially those with a pushchair, in a wheelchair or with a visual impairment.â€