Parking on pavements, a common maneuver performed by thousands of drivers every day, may soon be a thing of the past. Changes to the Highways Code are being considered to enhance pedestrian safety, with a potential ban on parking on pavements. London already has a ban in place, and Scotland is set to follow suit. Now, ministers are reviewing whether this ban should be extended across the rest of the country.
Vehicles parked on pavements can pose a significant risk to pedestrians, particularly if the pavement is obstructed. Parents with pushchairs, in particular, require sufficient room on the pavement, and having vehicles parked haphazardly can force them onto the road. In light of these concerns, the Department for Transport is exploring various options to tackle pavement parking.
Implementing a ban on pavement parking would require new legislation to be enacted. However, it is expected to be a controversial move, as some residents heavily rely on street parking due to a lack of alternative options. Being unaware of the government’s plans, millions of people residing outside of London may be caught off guard if the ban is extended nationwide.
It is crucial to prioritize pedestrian safety, and banning pavement parking could be a step in the right direction. While inconveniences may arise for some residents who depend on street parking, alternative solutions should be explored to ensure safer and more accessible pavements.