MPs Ask For Nationwide Ban on Pavement Car Parking

By Gary Cutlack on at

An isolated pocket of MPs having meetings that aren't about Brexit has had an idea, and would like to see the Department for Transport make our small town and village pavements more welcoming by banning the parking of cars atop them.

The practise of heaving a car off the road and onto the pavement to park is banned in London, but legally fine in the rest of the country, where motorised vehicles haven't yet been entirely demonised. The House of Commons Transport Committee would like to see our pavements freed from obstructions the country over, as its report into the perils of Pavement Parking makes specific reference to problems faced by the elderly and the disabled when trying to walk somewhere and all the pavement around town is taken up by needlessly chunky SUVs doing their sole bit of lifetime off-roading by bouncing up a pavement.

The Transport Committee outlines a classic case of the complexities of UK law by explaining that parking on pavement outside London is not illegal, but driving on the pavement is. So each time a Range Rover Evoque driver spends nine minutes shuffling backwards and forwards up the kerb on the pavement to better protect their luxurious steed from passing traffic, they are in fact breaking the law by technically driving a few centimetres on the pavement. Hence this law needs changing, making it easier for local authorities to put Traffic Regulation Orders in place to restrict pavement parking, also removing loopholes dating back to times when pavements were only where the horse poo was piled up.

But this is only what a committee recommends. The government may agree and do it, or dig up all of our pavements to solve the problem instead. [Parliament via Independent]

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