Why it is time to ban pavement parking

pavement parking


Walking has become more important than ever to the nations physical and mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic - but we need to build on this momentum as part of a green recovery. Safer, greener places to walk are a vital part of that. However increased traffic levels on our local residential streets mean that the places we walk don’t always feel safe. This is especially the case for those with young families.

It’s clear that pavement parking is one of the major barriers to walking in residential areas and we believe it should be banned. It is dangerous and presents a risk to walkers, particularly those with mobility or sight problems or those who are walking with children. 

Keeping pavements free from vehicles will create safer, more accessible streets and encourage everyone to walk more, increasing the benefits individuals and communities get from walking. A ban would give the clearest and simplest message to drivers, and would be the most effective way to prevent pavement parking.

This summer, thDepartment for Transport launched a consultation on tackling pavement parking in England which closes on Sunday November 22nd.

You can help us to persuade the UK Government to implement a full ban on pavement parking in England by taking part in their consultation.

  •    We believe that the national prohibition should apply on all public roads, and on both pavements and verges. Ensuring the ban includes parking on verges is particularly important as they can often provide safer places than roads for people to walk.
  •    As part of the consultation the UK Government are asking for views on a proposal for a 20 minute parking exemption for deliveries. Pedestrian safety should be prioritised over convenience for motorists. An exemption of this sort would be widely open to abuse and would weaken any messaging to the public that pavement parking is against the law. As a result, we oppose this proposal.

Let the UK Government know that you agree with us!

Malcolm Coward

Parking on pavements is not only inconsiderate but poses a real threat to the safety and well being of all pedestrians.

Completely agree

I once confronted a policeman when I had to push my twins on the road in a double buggy as the cars were parked on pavement. Police said it was accepted so that emergency vehicles could access road as there was nowhere else to park. I saw red

David Moore

The law certainly needs consistency. Where it may still be legal to park on a pavement we must not drive on or over it (or a footpath or bridleway - except to gain lawful access to property - or in the case of an emergency). How do you do the one without the other ?