The Government has set out new proposals to tackle pavement parking, with a nationwide ban coming under consideration. Responding to a Transport Committee inquiry, transport minister Grant Shapps acknowledges pavement parking causes ‘very real difficulties’ for many pedestrians, most notably parents and disabled people.
The DfT has committed to launch a public consultation on proposals for a national pavement parking ban – set to take place this summer. The 12-week consultation will include options such as allowing local authorities with civil parking enforcement powers to crack down on unnecessary obstruction of the pavement.
Currently, outside London, only police forces have this power.
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