THERE have been calls for a ban on pavement parking across England and Wales after Members of the Scottish Parliament last week unanimously agreed in principle that a new law be passed to implement a footway parking ban north of the border.
The ruling came in the same week the Transport Select Committee launched an inquiry into pavement parking in England.
Stephen Edwards from the campaign group Living Streets said: “Pavement parking is incredibly dangerous for those in wheelchairs, those with sight loss and parents with buggies – forcing them into the road and oncoming traffic.
“It is the one issue we are contacted most about at Living Streets, with older people especially reporting that they’re unable to leave the house because of vehicles blocking their pavements.
“The Scottish Government has demonstrated a commitment to accessibility and to improving their streets for walking by passing this law. It would be remiss not to follow suit in England and Wales.
“Pavement parking is currently illegal in London, it’s high time that this is rolled out across England and Wales so that everyone can use our streets safely and enjoy the benefits that come from walking more.”
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