A blanket ban on pavement parking could lead to a need for thousands of new car parking spaces that towns and cities are simply not equipped to provide, warns IAM RoadSmart.
Last September the House of Commons Transport Select Committee called for a nationwide ban on the “blight” of parking on pavements and today (12 March) the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that a consultation on pavement parking across England could be published to help pedestrians.
One suggestion that emerged from the original enquiry is a blanket ban on all vehicles parking on any part of a pavement – but IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s biggest independent road safety charity, said this could cause a major parking headache for drivers across the country.
In its submission to the committee last year, IAM RoadSmart said: “Where data has been collated, the problems appear to be localised.
“Where pedestrians are being put in danger or denied access by inconsiderate pavement parking, or if costly long-term damage is being done, then we have no problem with local solutions being implemented for these problems.
“Local councils should be encouraged to use their existing powers to sign, define, review and enforce local bans as required.”
“New traffic orders, new signposting, new road markings and new enforcement administration will all be required at extra cost if a blanket ban is introduced. Councils are already struggling to implement low emission zones, cycling and walking policies, active travel policies, 20mph zones and a host for other transport measures.”
IAM RoadSmart added that a blanket ban risked creating conflict between residents as they attempt to find a place to park, often in areas where there has never been a road safety problem.
“If enforcement is going to be applied rigorously then councils should provide safe and secure alternative parking arrangements in those areas where pavement parking has been banned but worked well before. IAM RoadSmart welcome the consultation but would like to see more research and pilot schemes before a decision is made on a total ban. In many urban areas, pavement parking is actively encouraged and the road marked up to allow it.”
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