Inconsiderate motorists who are mounting kerbs and parking could be soon banned from doing so and face a £70 fine.
Pedestrians are currently forced onto the road when drivers obstruct the pavements. This can be extremely dangerous especially those on Mobility Scooters, people with guide dogs and parents with pushchairs.
The law that is currently in place in London reads like this: “You must not park partially or wholly on the pavement. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.”
Outside of the capital however, motorists are only banned from parking on single or double yellow lines or where local signs indicate pavement parking will cause an obstruction to pedestrians.
Even though it is illegal to drive on the pavements in the UK, the authorities are concerned that if they do act on this, motorists will displace the problem somewhere else.
The only current way that authorities are able to catch offenders is by observing them park and act on it accordingly which can be very expensive and time-consuming.
So if the local authorities get their way, what will happen with all of the money from the fines? The Local Government Association (LGA) has claimed that the funds raised from it could be used to repair kerbs, damaged pavements and verges.
Only time will tell if this change will be put in place. Keep an eye on our News Stories to stay up to date with the latest news and changes for motorists in the UK.