Thank you for your email regarding the issue of pavement parking, one that continues to be a problem in our local towns.
Improving access for disabled people is a key priority for the Government. During 2016, the Department for Transport worked with a range of stakeholders to examine the legal and financial implications of an alternative pavement parking regime, and the likely impacts on local authorities. This included a roundtable between Ministers and key stakeholders, to help inform the Department’s evidence base on this issue. A key issue identified was the process for putting in place Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) for the enforcement of pavement parking. The Department of Transport is therefore now considering how best to address the general improvement of the TRO-making process and will provide further information once this is available.
More broadly, the Conservatives in Government have already taken steps to make it easier for councils to tackle pavement parking. Any local authority that has taken up civil enforcement powers may introduce a ban on pavement parking where it sees fit. In 2011, Conservative Ministers gave all councils authorisation to use a sign banning parking on the pavement, removing the need to ask first for permission.
Ministers have written to councils on several occasions, encouraging them to use their available powers to prevent parking on the pavement where it is a problem. The Department has also published guidance for traffic authorities, highlighting the difficulties that pavement parking causes for pedestrians and detailing ways that it can be prevented.
I will write to the Minister for Transport, Andrew Jones MP to urge the Department to encourage Councils to utilise the ban for the benefit of those with sight loss, wheelchair users and those pushing buggies.
Thank you once again for contacting me, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me if you require any further information.
Derek Thomas MP
For St Ives, West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.