In England, the regulations around pavement parking are presently undergoing review by the Department of Transport following a public consultation on the subject. It is claimed that the department is ‘actively considering’ a ban in England.
At the moment, only London does not permit parking on the pavement, but a new restriction would extend across England. It is now permissible to park on the sidewalk, although it is illegal to drive there.
The Express reports that pavement parking could be banned
To avoid getting fined ahead of any potential changes, drivers are being advised to familiarize themselves with the pavement parking rules. To dispel any confusion, WalesOnline reports that leasing experts at LeaseCar.uk have created a straightforward guide on pavement parking.
Cars that block the walkways pose a major danger to pedestrians, especially the elderly, disabled individuals, and those using prams or push chairs. “There is currently a significant grey area when it comes to parking on pavements.” A LeaseCar.uk spokesperson added:
“Although people are advised to keep the pavements clear for pedestrians, there are many places in the UK where roads are so narrow that you have no other option but to park your car on the pavement. Until new laws come into force, we have some guidance for the drivers who want to prevent being penalized for illegal parking.”
Don’t park on the street unless permitted by signs.
The Highway Code prohibits you from parking your car completely on the road, unless by-law signs allow it. There is an explicit blanket prohibition on pavement parking in London, but everywhere else you should be wary of locations where it is not prohibited to park.
Don’t obstruct the road unnecessarily
Don’t park in dangerous spots or those where you could potentially obstruct access to important services or entries. You should avoid leaving your car in areas near schools and property entrances, bus stops, lowered kerbs, and any other place where you might block the Emergency Service’s access to buildings.
Keep an eye out for a blue-and-white sign
If it is legal to park on the pavement, a blue and white sign with a picture of a vehicle on the road will indicate this. If you see this sign, you know your car can be parked safely on the pavement in that location; simply follow the directions shown on the sign.
In the city, common sense should be used on narrow streets where parking on the pavement is the better option. On little roads, traffic may become blocked, making it impossible for other automobiles to pass. This may have major repercussions, especially if your vehicle keeps emergency vehicles from reaching their destinations.
The pavement outside your home is part of the road
Although the pavement outside one’s home is often considered a part of one’s personal property, this isn’t true unless you live on a private road. The council owns and maintains all pavements, which are subject to the Highway Code, restricting you from parking there without prior authorization.
Don’t park on the yellow or red lines, and zig zags
The pavement parking law might be difficult to understand, but you must not forget the most basic parking rules. The road markings have a purpose; they indicate areas where parking your car might obstruct traffic or pedestrians.