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.

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