City of Wolverhampton Council has again called on the Government to introduce legislation against pavement parking across England and Wales.

Pavement parking is already illegal in London, expect in streets where the highway authority specifically allows it, and Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment, says it is time pavement users elsewhere had the same protection.

In City of Wolverhampton it has become a particular problem around schools and industrial areas, as well as some residential streets.

And the council currently only has the powers to punish pavement parking if it is next to yellow lines on the carriageway.

Councillor Evans said: "Inconsiderate parking on pavements is a significant problem in the City of Wolverhampton and I am regularly contacted by residents about the difficulties it can create for pedestrians, particularly those with a visual impairment, wheelchair users and parents with pushchairs.

"I would like to echo the Local Government Association's call for the Government to act, which is supported by several charities, such as Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and Living Streets.

"I hope there is soon a change in the law to make our streets safer for everyone."

The council has followed up a letter sent last year to the then-Secretary of State for Transport with another one to the current Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, to press for a change in the law.

  • released: Tuesday 25¬†July, 2017