20 July 2017.
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Pavement Parking — Middle Ground Solution Needed
Total ban will create more problems than it solves
There has been pressure recently from lobby groups for a national ban on pavement parking. This is perhaps understandable, pavement parking can be a serious nuisance, particularly to those with prams and pushchairs or using mobility scooters. However, there is another side to the coin that rarely gets heard.

ABD Chairman Brian Gregory comments:
“"Inconsiderate drivers who block walkways deserve to be penalised. However, many areas have pavements that are far wider than necessary whilst the roads are narrow. Realistically all that is needed on most residential streets is a one metre walkway, this is quite sufficient for a double buggy or mobility scooter.

Pavement parking is often sensible and considerate behaviour. It can cut congestion, enable crucial access for emergency vehicles, and increase precious parking provision without adverse effects. Delivery drivers often bump up onto the kerb to facilitate free flow of traffic.

Indeed on many estates, without pavement parking residents would have nowhere to park. This has been recognised by many councils who have sensibly provided for it."”
The ABD suggests that pavement parking should only be punishable if a pavement is seriously obstructed, therefore does not support an outright ban. However, if a ban is ever adopted, it proposes a 'middle ground solution' of introducing a statutory requirement for councils to provide pavement parking provision on any road where it is requested and it is achieveable whilst still allowing a one metre 'double buggy' width pedestrian passage.

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