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Charity calls for parking on pavements ban

Mon, 31 Mar 2014

Campaigners are calling for a change in the law that would ban vehicles from parking on pavements.

The Guide Dogs charity has branded drivers that block the pavement “inconsiderate and dangerous”, with seven out of 10 people backing restrictions that would keep the footpath clear for pedestrians.

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Speaking to the BBC, Guide Dogs’ campaigns manager James White:

“It can be frightening for anyone who is forced to step into a road because the pavement is blocked by a van, car or other badly parked vehicle. Now imagine you have to step into a road where you can’t see oncoming traffic.

“We want politicians to act, preventing this form of inconsiderate and dangerous parking.”

Restrictions on parking on pavements are already in place in many areas of London. However, out of 407 councillors polled on the issue, 80% said they’d support a new law introduced nationwide.

Peter Box, chairman of the Local Government Association’s economy and transport board:

“Inconsiderate drivers parking on pavements cause huge inconvenience and pose real danger to blind or partially-sighted people and wheelchair users.

“That is why councils fully support the call for a new law to end the current confusion caused by different rules for motorists parking inside the capital and around the rest of the country.”

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