UK Could Enforce A Total Ban On Pavement Parking Across The Country

Road users across the United Kingdom may not be permitted to park on any part of the sidewalk in the future.

A recent House of Commons Transport Committee inquiry into pavement parking has led some parties to call for a total ban on the practice. Parking on a part of the pavement is already banned in London and is in the process of being outlawed in Scotland as well.

IAM RoadSmart, a British charity, says enforcing a blanket ban on pavement parking will leave thousands across the country without areas to park their vehicles, Fleetworld reports.

“New traffic orders, new signposting, new road markings and new enforcement administration will all be required at extra cost if a blanket ban is introduced,” charity director of policy and research Neil Greig said. “Councils are already struggling to implement low emission zones, cycling and walking policies, active travel policies, 20mph zones and a host for other transport measures against a background of budget cuts and dwindling resources.”

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Some who are arguing for the ban claim that pavement parking creates problems for those with visual difficulties, locals who use mobility aids, and for those who walk on the sidewalk with children.

IAM RoadSmart believes that the best way to address these problems is to do so on a local council level, meaning areas where pavement parking doesn’t adversely impact locals won’t have the practice outlawed.

“Local councils should be encouraged to use their existing powers to sign, define, review and enforce local bans as required,” the charity said.

In many areas across the UK, drivers are forced to park on the sidewalk in front of their houses if they lack a private parking space.

  • Mr. EP9

    Maybe if these people had more places to park this wouldn’t be a problem. You could be more parking areas but the questions would be where (in places where space is limited) and how much would it cost to park your vehicle their for a few hours. This is probably going to be messy.

    • It’s about time we give up on private car ownership. At least in the cities, and that’s where pavement parking happens. Less cars on the street (we can free up 4/5th of the parking lots of we all use shared cars), more space for walking, biking, parks, playgrounds. It’s a total win for urban environment and health.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Parking on pavement is like driving on the left side of the road. Should have gone from the 30s but is still present in some 3rd world countries

    • 999 911

      Careful MT, remember it’s the wheel on the right side (take that how you will) in Japan too… hardly 3rd world…

      • Matteo Tommasi

        Japan’s justice system is worse than 3rd world ones, just see Ghosn’s treatment

  • TheBelltower

    Lobbyists from the “tire & wheel alignment consortium” will surely fight this. 😉



  • buitoni123456789

    everyone should be able to walk on pavements without worrying about
    vehicles blocking their way. Unfortunately cars parked on pavements
    force people into the road, which is particularly dangerous for many,
    including blind and partially-sighted people, parents with pushchairs
    and young children, wheelchair users and others who use mobility aids.
    Pavement parking also contributes to the issue of loneliness as some
    people struggle to leave the house if they aren’t able to use the

  • Filan

    I never knew the UK called the sidewalk pavement, Saw the headline and was thinking “All cars park on pavement if they park on the road”.

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