Gold star for MP as she backs pavement parking review call

Seema Kennedy, MP for South Ribble, supporting the Guide Dogs campaign for considerate car parking.

Seema Kennedy, MP for South Ribble, supporting the Guide Dogs campaign for considerate car parking.

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Seema Kennedy, Conservative MP for South Ribble, has been given a star on the Guide Dogs’ pavement parking Walk of Fame for supporting the charity’s campaign to stop cars parking on pavements.

The MP attended Guide Dogs’ event at the Houses of Parliament in support of their campaign.

The charity wants people living with sight loss to feel confident and independent when they are out and about, and believes that vehicles parked on pavements put people living with sight loss in danger.

Pavement parking is already an offence in London, but rules in the rest of the country are complex and patchy, leaving drivers uncertain of where they can and cannot park. Guide Dogs is calling for the introduction of comprehensive laws across the UK, which will outlaw pavement parking, but allow local councils to grant exemptions where pavement parking is unavoidable.

Mrs Kennedy said: “We should look at how we are able to help those with visual impairments live independent lives. I hope car owners across South Ribble are considerate when parking their cars and think of those who may find it difficult to pass with a guide dog.”

James White, campaigns manager for Guide Dogs, said: “We want to stop people from being forced into the road and we call on all parties to support a new law on pavement parking.”