MP's call for change on pavement parking

The parliamentary transport committee today (09/09/2019) published its long awaited report into pavement parking in England. Taking into account 430 pieces of written evidence, two evidence sessions and a public engagement event it makes several recommendations to Government.

They recommend that DfT decriminalizes enforcement, creates a 'national  campaign' to raise driver awareness about leaving space for pedestrians, the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) process be simplified and the requirement to advertise TRO's in local newspapers be removed.

The report argues that pavement parking restricts people's mobility, creates hazards, increases loneliness and increases visual clutter, and  works against several government initiatives, including it's loneliness strategy and preventing visual clutter.

It also highlights innovation in the field including East Sussex County Councils request for parking decriminalisation in Bexhill-on-Sea and DfT's ongoing review which should be published "over the coming months"

Spencer Palmer, Chair of CIHT's network management panel gave evidence at the committee regarding the London's experience, where pavement parking is already banned. The Scottish and Welsh government's are also looking at taking action in this area.