Police warn drivers not to park on pavements
A warning has been issued to drivers by a UK police force not to park on the pavements, following a day when 14 drivers were caught on one street alone and fined for doing so.
Currently, it’s only in London where drivers by law must not park on the pavements as stated in the Highway Code.
Rule 244 states: “You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it.
“Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.”
However, pedestrians, campaign groups and charities are urging police to clamp down on drivers who park unnecessarily on pavements up and down the rest of the country.
Concerns over safety and the fact that the law only stands in London is frustrating many pedestrians and motorists who would like more action taken against those who think it’s okay to take up half of the pavement with their vehicle.
Their might be a ban in London and the words “should not” are only advisory terms, however local councils and the police can discreetly take action against offenders.
On Monday, police officers in Billesley, West Midlands carried out a patrol around just one street in the ward to send a message to drivers and a total of 14 drivers on or around Coldbath Street received a fine for obstruction/dangerous parking offences.
The offending cars included a Ford Ka, Kia Rio and a VW up!, which all ended up having their photos tweeted by WMP Traffic.
Parking on the pavement is dangerous for pedestrians, especially for those with poor eyesight and can be a real nuisance for people with pushchairs and wheelchair users.
Having to move out into the road just to get past a vehicle parked on the pavement is extremely dangerous and a really inconsiderate act which some drivers might not even realise they’re guilty of.
A spokesperson from the Guide Dogs charity said that a nationwide law was needed to stop these inconsiderate drivers from parking on the pavements.
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