Pavement Parking to be Banned Nationally

The Government is looking at proposals for a national pavement parking ban to make streets safer.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is looking at options including how the ban could work, taking into account necessary exceptions and extended enforcement powers for local authorities.

Stephen Edwards, Director of Policy and Communications at Living Streets said: “Pavement parking forces people with wheelchairs, buggies and those living with sight loss into the road and into oncoming traffic and the most vulnerable pedestrians continue to be put at risk of injury and isolation every day and that dangerous act continues.”

The Transport Secretary stressed how important it is to tackle this issue and help disabled people in the streets move freely and safely.

Parking on pavements is banned in London but elsewhere it is only prohibited for lorries. Sheffielders had mixed feelings regarding this new regulation.

Ahmed Zeb Khan, 38, a taxi driver in Sheffield, said: ”This can be a good idea especially for those with disabilities, but they should not forget about us professional drivers who sometimes need to park on the pavement for just a few minutes. If they come up with some exceptions then everything should be fine.”

Mihaela Hirghiligiu, 31, from Abbeydale, Sheffield said: “As a mother, I absolutely support the ban. It will resolve a huge problem for mums like me with a pushchair in the streets. Sometimes I feel like I am playing a video game trying to find my way around cars and it is a total nightmare.”

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