Residents are pushing for changes to pavement parking because they are “fed up” with blocked walks.
DRIVERS have endorsed pavement parking laws because they are “tired” of avoiding cars parked on sidewalks.
Residents in West Norfolk have attacked motorists who pull over to the side of the road, forcing locals to “walk in the road.” One resident of Dersingham village, near Kings Lynn, expressed concern that “cars may come along” the route while avoiding parked traffic.
“I use a rollator because it helps me walk; I wouldn’t be able to move without it, unless with a walking stick, because I have osteoarthritis,” they explained.
“When truckers park on the kerb, I’m expected to walk in the street in case a car approaches.
“I’m tired of cars parking half on and half off the kerb on the pavement.”
New pavement parking restrictions could be implemented across the UK soon, helping to improve local residents’ safety.
The new laws are designed to benefit individuals with disabilities, such as vision impairments, who should not be strolling on the street.
The modifications may also aid parents with young children and pushchairs, as they will no longer be compelled to cross the road.
Pavement parking is only legally enforced in London and Cardiff under current legislation.
A recent Department of Transport consultation, however, proposed three possibilities, one of which was a national ban.
If the law is implemented, drivers who stop their vehicles half on and half off the kerbs might be fined £70.
Following a spike in parking complaints, many citizens in villages and towns are expected to support the move.
Dersingham Parish Council’s Parish Clerk, Sarah Bristow, claimed she has received complaints about a variety of parking issues along the coast.
She did clarify, however, that no formal complaints had been made, implying that officials may be unaware of the issue.
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In some cases, drivers can still be fined for parking on the sidewalk.
Parking enforcement was handed from the police to local governments in 2011, allowing councils to intervene in certain situations.
“There is substantial demand in some parts of the community in terms of vehicles and suitable parking,” Norfolk Police stated.