Thousands of UK drivers could be left without parking spaces should the government implement a blanket ban on parking on pavements.
This is the view of IAM RoadSmart, which warned many towns and cities are “not equipped” to provide adequate parking should pavements become off limits.
A need for alternatives for drivers
It follows the launch of a new enquiry into pavement parking by the House of Commons Transport Committee.
Responding to a request for information from interested parties, IAM stated: “If enforcement is going to be applied rigorously then councils should be forced to provide safe and secure alternative parking arrangements in those areas where pavement parking has been banned but worked perfectly well before.”
IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research Neil Greig went on to argue that, should a blanket ban go ahead, any income raised through fines “should be ring-fenced to improve parking facilities in the worst affected areas”.
He added many councils are already struggling to enforce existing parking restrictions, so to add further burden and cost to enforce a blanket ban on pavement parking may not be the most popular decision.
Overall, the body stated that any change to parking restrictions must be “fair and well targeted”.
Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Parking on pavements can be a nuisance in some communities, but to implement a full-scale ban without providing viable alternatives is something the government must not consider.”