Parking on the pavement should be banned, says Guide Dogs charity

1 Apr, 2014 1:12pm Jake-Aman Shah

The charity Guide Dogs has called for a ban on motorists parking on the pavement in the UK

The charity, Guide Dogs, is calling for a nationwide ban on pavement parking to help protect the safety of blind and partially sighted pedestrians.

According to a recent YouGov poll, 54 per cent of respondents admitted to leaving their car on the pavement, with 17 per cent doing so at least once a week. This can make it difficult for wheelchair bound, blind and partially sighted people, as well as those pushing prams, to get around the streets safely. 

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Throughout the majority of Greater London, parking on pavements is already banned, but exceptions are made in designated loading/unloading areas, plus specific areas where the motorist can fit either their whole vehicle or two wheels on the pavement. The Guide Dogs charity wants the ban extended across the country. 

A poll conducted in 2013 by the charity revealed that 90 per cent of people - both partially and fully sighted - found pavement parking to be a significant concern in their local area.

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Guide Dogs pointed out that the main risk facing many blind and partially sighted people is that of colliding with cars on the pavements. It also added that many pedestrains are also forced to walk in the road - putting themselves in even greater danger.

Should these regulations be implemented, it would bring a nationwide blanket ban on pavement parking and bring the law in line with the current regulations found in Greater London.

Is a ban on parking on the pavement a good idea? Tell us in the comments section below...

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We should also probably stop cluttering up the pavement with walls, gates, houses, and lamp posts?

I am assuming, that this is some sort of April fools day joke?

Ok so I tend to agree with this, but not just for people with impaired vision. Wheel chair users or people with children are equally inconvenienced by parking on pavements.

Cure the problem, don't just ban parking on paths. So build more places to park, in the right places for public to use. Also ban(and fine where necessary) cyclists using unmarked paths ( if it's marked as a cycle lane fine). And fine cyclists who use cycle lanes (or roads) where they are not wearing a helmet.

If this was implemented in my road we would all start losing our wing mirrors and there would be no way a fire engine or even large van could get down here!

Cycle helmet use is not compulsory, so a fine is inappropriate and/or illegal.

The issue to wear or not is contentious, with few actual facts showing an advantage by using them, and plenty of evidence that shows health risks when a country discourages cycling.

If you live in the Netherlands, the whole country cycles safely, with barely a handful of helmets between them.

Thanks for posting this. I agree pavement parking should be banned, you just can't get past if you have mobility problems. While in her mobility scooter, my mother-in-law actually got stuck between a wall and a van that had parked carelessly on the pavement. She 'phoned the police to help and they told her if she damaged the van she'd be liable. Eventually, kind strangers helped get her out. Also there is an issue of dangerous driving, I have witnessed two accidents where I live where drivers drove on the pavement to park, one hit a child and one hit a van (also parked on the pavement). It's just a really dangerous and mostly unneccessary thing to do so I wish the charity luck.

Cyclists' helmets have nothing to do with parking on pavements.

The quid pro quo for banning parking on pavements is to mandate that roads are wide enough for cars to safely park off the pavement. It can't be done where I live, how was planning permission granted? Something along the lines of narrower roads = more houses = more council tax, I suspect. If I park on the drive, I can't get the car door open.

Obviously there are space problems on many roads, often because the houses and streets were built long before there were so many vehicles on the road, but you also see many people who park half on the pavement as a matter of course whether there is a need to or not. I often see pedestrians having to walk in the road where cars have completely blocked the pavement, which is not a good situation, and some local authorities have targetted campaigns against this. I've seen AutoExpress' long term tests of 'plug in' cars picturing the model concerned completely blocking the pavement, so maybe the magazine could comment on this problem.

On most residential streets it is necessary for cars to park with two wheels on the pavement. Should families be forced to sell their second cars just in case a blind person walks down their street one day?

I really don't understand why this is a news story. Parking on footpaths is already outlawed and can earn you a PCN.

If the road is not wide enough for emergency vehicles when cars are parked then all the cars should get a PCN for obstructing the highway.

People should work harder and get a house with a driveway. If they are too lazy to get a proper house then they should ride a bicycle like all the other wasters.

Most residential streets where? Most streets I've seen are plenty wide enough.

Families are not forced to sell their second cars, they can just move out of the ghetto if they want space to keep cars.

Makes sense, if you want to keep horses at home you live somewhere where there is enough land for them to graze. If you want to grow crops you get a farm. If you want to keep a fleet of cars you live where there is space to store them. Or, find a car park and use your legs to walk to your car.

Selfish tards all want their cake and eat it.

Parking in general in this country is an utter joke, I totally agree it should be banned on pavements, I also think you should be fined if you park in a ridiculous fashion in a supermarket etc carpark, the number of big four by fours or Volvo or Audi estate cars that the owners literally drive in at any random angle and leave it! Makes my blood boil, if you can't correctly park the car you have, or ensure you or your children do NOT smack your door into the persons car next to you when you get out, you should NOT be driving that car and get something much smaller, and you should be fined.

Spot the teenager who found access to a computer...

If you live in an area where the residential streets are wide boulevards, then lucky you! Families need two cars these days (due to the lack of local services and jobs). Read the last line of my post. A pressure group that represents a minority expects everyone else to bend over backwards.

I was trying to work out whether you were being sarcastic but I'm not too sure. Blind people, children, people with pushchairs, carers with wheelchairs, we all need to be able to us the public footpath. You are treating these people as if they are sub-human when you say "just in case one goes down the street some day". I push a friend who had a stroke and is in a wheelchair. Why should we be put in danger trying to find a way of the road, we can only get off at a lowered kerb. You park elsewhere and walk back to it. End of. Trouble is pavement parking has been abused for too long and a generation are now left thinking it is ok. Ban it completely and bring in the London rule where a residential street applies for permission to have one side made for pavement parkers...