No Room for Pedestrians

After I sent an email to the police complaining about cars being parked on the pavement, I was rather surprised at the reply “there is no specific offences of parking a vehicle with two wheels on a footpath”. The Highway Code states that you MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and you should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. The Road Traffic Act 1988 includes legislation making it illegal to park vehicles on cycle tracks, which includes shared use pavements. There is also an offence specific to HGV drivers parking on a footpath mainly due to the weight of the vehicles causing damage. But I am sure that many local councils don’t believe that it is just heavy lorries costing them thousands, or even millions over the years, to repair paving stones.

In 2011 it was estimated that Leeds City Council spent almost £2 million every year to repair broken pavements. David Cowdrey, of Guide Dogs’ Head of Public Policy and Campaigns, said: “We were staggered to discover how much councils are having to spend each year on repairing pavements and paying compensation claims, some of which is down to inconsiderate parking. Parking on pavements also creates an obstacle for pedestrians trying to use the pavements, making it difficult for mothers with pushchairs, wheelchair users and other people to use the pavement safely. At worst, pavements obstructed with poorly parked cars can stop visually impaired people from being able to leave their homes or get to the local shops.” I am sure that the police are aware that it is illegal to drive a vehicle on the pavement, but once they have got there, it seems that the police in Leeds just do not care.

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One Response to No Room for Pedestrians

  1. 00spaw says:

    Aside from the other issues here is an explanation of the Highway Code in relation to the Law: http://www.blclaims.co.uk/news/the_highway_code_and_the_law

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