Rule 244 of the Highway Code 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
It is only in London where the rules are clear with the Highway Code stating that drivers “must not” do so. With the rest of the UK banded into the ‘should not’ category, drivers won’t necessarily be fined. There has been a number of reports of police forces clamping down on offences across Britain, handing out fines in the process, but there has not yet been any consistency.
Soon, all drivers in the UK could be at risk of a punishment for the offence. The Department for Transport is currently considering an overhaul of national traffic laws, which could see them put an end to pavement parking. Under the new laws, it could become illegal to park on the pavement, unless the car has been granted explicit permission.
Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets said in an interview with Express.co.uk:
There is no specific deadline for the new law to come in but transport minister Jesse Norman is quoted as sayingPavements are for people not vehicles. Parking on the pavement can be selfish and dangerous, forcing people - especially those with disabilities, visual impairments or pushchairs – to risk danger by walking in the road. There should be a default ban, with pavement parking only allowed in certain circumstances on streets that have been specially designated to allow it, making it the exception rather than the rule.
Edmund King, president of the AA said:the department [DfT] is now undertaking a broader piece of work to gather evidence on the issue of pavement parking. We expect to be able to draw conclusions later this year.
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said thoughtfulness could hold a solution to the problem:There are some streets that are so narrow that if cars park on both sides it wouldn’t allow emergency vehicles or bin lorries to get through.
Motorists…parking up on the pavement should also have an eye to the people whose paths they might be blocking, particularly in built-up areas where thoughtless parking can mean wheelchair users and parents with prams or buggies have to contend with motor traffic.