Plans to make pavements accessible for all

14.09.2020

Pavements could be made safer for people with disabilities and families under new proposals to ban pavement parking.

The consultation is part of the post-Covid recovery that encourages people to choose different ways to travel, such as walking. It is important pavements are made safer and more accessible.

Many streets were not designed for the high levels of traffic that use them today. Parking on pavements can mean pedestrians are forced into the road. This is dangerous for people in a wheelchair, parents with pushchairs or people with a visual impairment or mobility difficulties.

It discourages people from making journeys; a journey out independently can become an ordeal.

Recent research from the charity Guide Dogs shows 32% of people with vision impairments and 48% of wheelchair users were less willing to go out on their own because of pavement parking, decreasing independence and contributing towards isolation.

Cars and vans are parked on pavements can also make it difficult during the pandemic to keep a safe distance from other pedestrians.

Three options are proposed in the consultation:

  1. Improving the traffic regulation order process to make it easier for councils to prohibit pavement parking.
  2. Giving councils powers to fine drivers who park on paths.
  3. A nationwide ban on pavement parking.

The consultation forms part of the government’s commitment to make transport equally accessible for all users by 2030, as set out in the Inclusive Transport Strategy.