Action needed on pavement parking

The Ramblers are joining Guide Dogs for the Blind and other charities in calling on the government to act to prevent pavement parking that affects walkers.

Ramblers' chief executive Vanessa Griffiths, alongside other charity leaders, has signed an open letter to the Prime Minister to highlight the issue of unsafe parking. 

They write, “cars parked on the pavements force people into the road to face oncoming traffic, which is particularly dangerous for many, including blind and partially sighted people, parents with pushchairs and young children, wheelchair users and others who use mobility aids. Pedestrians should be able to rely on pavements being clear and safe.”

Marking 1,000 days since the government promised to take action to prevent unsafe pavement parking, the charities are now calling for an urgent change of law. 

By coming together, we hope to send a strong message that pedestrians’ rights to walk safely without hindrance should be a priority.

We feel this is an important part of our mission to ensure that everyone, everywhere can enjoy walking and that we are protecting the places that we all love to walk.

You can read the open letter that was sent to the Prime Minister and add your name to the letter.

Ian Hobson


The statement, "Marking 1,000 days since the government promised to take action to prevent unsafe pavement parking, the charities are now calling for an urgent change of law." should read " ... to prevent ALL pavement parking. If there is a strong enough reason to allow pavement parking then this should be specifically permitted. We need to get away from this car culture.

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Janet Lord


I am regularly forced into the road whilst pushing a pram, please take action.

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Linda Peplow


Pedestrians seem to have no consideration at all these days.

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David Moore


Pavement parking was not a great problem at one time when we relied more on walking, cycling, and public transport to get around.
We need to 'accentuate the positive' as well as 'eliminate the negative' by providing alternative networks to the car.
Manchester's 'beeline' is aiming to provide a 1000 mile network of safe walking and cycling - https://bit.ly/2IwZaoK

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Dominic


Unfortunately it's not possible to add names to the letter:

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Tom Hill


Fully support this campaign. Where I live in East Molesey this is a particular bane of our lives with many pavements not just being partly obstructed by parked vehicles but completely blocked forcing people to walk in the roads. The odd thing is if I go into Kingston about a mile away you don’t see any pavement parking - why? Because Kingston is part of the Greater London Authority and pavement parking is illegal in London as I understand it. If it is illegal in London why can’t it be made illegal in the rest of the country?

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Chris Wolfenden


This is a common problem
And rubs me up .
As my wife is disabled,I find it down right rude. If you ask them to move
The vebal abuse is beyond a joke.
The worst ones are builders and parents,they don’t give a care.
I’ve had to report this type of issue to the police non emergency line
While operating my road sweeper.
People need to think.
If I was disabled how would I like it
People live in their own little world and they don’t think of the bigger picture

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Chris Wolfenden


This is a common problem
And rubs me up .
As my wife is disabled,I find it down right rude. If you ask them to move
The vebal abuse is beyond a joke.
The worst ones are builders and parents,they don’t give a care.
I’ve had to report this type of issue to the police non emergency line
While operating my road sweeper.
People need to think.
If I was disabled how would I like it
People live in their own little world and they don’t think of the bigger picture

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Joseph Graham Jones


Tame the car. Pavements are for pedestrians. Parking on the pavement should never have been tolerated and now, more than ever, we need to stop it.

Half the time, pavement parking isn't even needed. It's only selfish motorists not thinking and worried about their wing mirrors. New cars have (automatic) retracting wing mirrors anyway.

Put a stop to pavement parking please !

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andrew


Of course this would be much more compelling if the Ramblers Association took the same view with regards to shared surfaces with cyclists. In my view a considerably bigger problem. However that would be far less politically expedient. Double standards perhaps?

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andrew


Of course this would be much more compelling if the Ramblers Association took the same view with regards to shared surfaces with cyclists. In my view a considerably bigger problem. However that would be far less politically expedient. Double standards perhaps?

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Pete


It’s the ‘car is king’ culture. It really annoys me. Cars around here use the dropped kerb to mount the footway routinely even though the roads are more than wide enough to park properly. It’s as though it’s been taught that way. Very occasionally I’ve seen cycles on the footway, usually children but that’s understandable, cycles seem to be invisible to cars and besides if you can drive a heavy four wheel drive vehicle on there, why not a little bike. Just a thought, do cars mount the pavement to avoid kerbing their precious alloy wheels I wonder or is because everyone else does it. Please, let’s stop it now but who would enforce it?
I’m sure I read somewhere that cars are used on average only 3% of the time and then for less than a 7 mile journey. The rest of the time, many are a blight on the footway. BTW, it’s called a footway not a tyreway.

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Michael


I'm sure that this can be a problem in some circumstances but a blanket ban isn't the right answer. Most people (including I expect most ramblers members) rely on cars to get around and often the parking provision is inadequate. "Anti car" comments don't take us forward in any useful way.

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John Whitehead


I'm confused; I thought pavement parking was already illegal unless specifically permitted at a particular location.

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Barry Brevitt


I thought parking on the pavement was illegal. It was a question in my driving test, 'Where not to park..', it was along time ago but I don't suppose the law has changed? We don't need new laws, but better policing. The Police are not interested when I have spoken to them about parking endangering all road users. A lot of vehicle owners think it OK to park on the pavement. Is this because they do and are not reprimanded by any one in authority?

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Dominic Pinto


Pavement parking may be permitted - usually under local traffic regulation orders, bye-laws etc. - outside London.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44466813

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Dominic Pinto


An August 30th update:

'In England outside London, pavement parking is not banned by default but councils can make Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) to impose local bans.

The DfT said roads minister Jesse Norman commissioned a review into pavement parking in March and it is now gathering evidence on the issue and the effectiveness of current regulations.

As part of this work, it is considering alternative methods to tackle inappropriate pavement parking. It said it expects to conclude this work later this year.

A spokesperson said: ‘We recognise the importance of making sure that pavement parking doesn’t put pedestrians at risk, and believe councils are best placed to make decisions about local restrictions.

‘Councils already have the powers to ban drivers from parking on pavements and we are considering whether more can be done to make it easier for them to tackle problem areas. It is important to get this right for all pavement users.'

https://transport-network.co.uk/DfT-considering-TRO-alternative-to-tackle-pavement-parking/15269

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Pete


It more annoying when there no reason to i.e. when it makes no difference wether a car is half on the footway or parked fully on the road, there is still only room for one vehicle to pass. Maybe a TV educational program or something in the press would help although, the one about motorway centre lane hoggers didn’t seem to last long or when some police forces were stopping drivers that passed too close to cyclists. When poor driving is allowed to slip by for too long, it’s very difficult to pull it back.

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isihac


I fully support this campaign, and make a point of carefully folding in wing mirrors on the side of the vehicles on the pavement, to try to make the point. On one occasion when I encountered a 'pavement parker' there was a traffic warden nearby, so I asked him whether he could take action. His frustration was evident in his reply, which was that unless there were waiting/unloading prohibition lines on the road at that point, he was unable to take any action. I shared his frustration!

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