An official statement on the problems created by this practice, the role of enforcement agencies and the associated penalties, 22/11/2010.
Pavement parking can cause damage, danger and obstruction to road users and pedestrians - and people with disabilities, visual impairments, older residents and those with prams or pushchairs are particularly vulnerable.
This sort of parking can damage not only grassed verges and pavements but also the cables and pipes laid underneath, costing hundreds of thousands of pounds to repair each year.
People regularly ask the police and parish council to take action on pavement parking, which is clearly an issue for many residents.
PARKING ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
A team of Community Wardens is employed by West Oxfordshire District Council to help manage parking both on the street and in council-run free car parks across the district. Community Wardens have powers under the 2004 Traffic Management Act to issue penalty charge notices for contravention of yellow line parking and loading restrictions and certain instances of parking across dropped crossings - read more >>
Police officers / PCSOs can no longer enforce yellow line restrictions but still retain powers to deal with obstructive parking by issue of a fixed penalty notice.
What happens: Where insufficient room for a pedestrian, wheelchair or pushchair is left between a vehicle and the highway boundary (nominally 0.9m) then a vehicle parked on a pavement would be deemed to be causing an unnecessary obstruction.
Elderly, disabled and blind or partially sighted people are also presented with problems when this practice occurs.
What happens: Obstruction can in many cases also lead to road safety issues. Where pedestrians and particularly wheelchair users are forced into the carriageway because the pavement is blocked this can present an immediate danger, particularly on a busy road.
Parked vehicles can also obscure visibility and dangerously conceal pedestrians at crossing points.
What we can do: Where, in the opinion of the enforcement officer (Police Officer or PCSO), the vehicle presents an immediate safety hazard to other road users - particularly the disabled and other vulnerable pedestrians - an immediate removal notice can be served. Note: a Police Officer / PCSO would issue a £30 fixed penalty notice in similar circumstances.
DAMAGE TO FOOTWAYS & VERGES
Continual parking on pavements and verges causes problems for maintenance vehicles (grass cutting, sweeping etc) as well as leading to unsightly damage. It can also detract from the environmental quality of the neighbourhood.
Very often there is no room for pedestrians, wheelchair users, parents with buggies etc to pass and therefore the individual has to go into the road. Elderly people may also have difficulty stepping into the road. The dangers created by this are obvious and it is very unfair on the pedestrian.
Many pavements are in a very poor state of repair and pavement parking is a major cause. Damaged pavements are a significant drain on local council resources - not only in the repair of damage but in compensation to people who have tripped on the broken paving stones. Councils do not have their own money. All their revenue is raised from local tax payers and therefore these costs are met by us all.
I understand that it is against the law for HGVs to park on any pavement. It is also illegal for anyone to obstruct the footpath. Maybe just two wheels on the curb does not obstruct the footpath to any serious degree but it is also illegal to drive on the footpath. In order to have parked there the driver must have driven on to it.
This scaffolding on High Street has completely blocked the pavement. I'd have expected at least a pedestrian walkway coned off in the road. You can just see the bus about to pull out in the road ...
Yes, this car really is parked across the footway, on a busy corner, on a double yellow line. How selfish can you get?
Could all businesses in the village ask their delivery drivers to park considerately? I would hate to see bollards on every single pavement in Eynsham and let's hope we don’t have to go down this route. Unfortunately this was the only solution to the problems in John Lopes Road but it has been successful and maybe more are needed.
Please don’t park on them, even for a moment!