Talks to take place over pavement parking as Bill is withdrawn

PARKING ISSUE: Cars on the pavement
PARKING ISSUE: Cars on the pavement
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A proposed law to ban pavement parking across England and Wales has been rejected by the Government.

But talks are scheduled for the New Year between officials, MPs, charities and interested organisations to assess what needs to be done to keep pavements clear to help the blind and other vulnerable people.

Conservative MP Simon Hoare’s Pavement Parking (Protection of Vulnerable Pedestrians) Bill suggested making it a civil offence for a person to park their vehicle on the verge or pavement of an urban road.

MPs heard signs and painted lines could be introduced to allow vehicles to park on footpaths if the street was too narrow in order to avoid congestion.

Mr Hoare, who represents North Dorset, noted there are two million people either registered blind or visually impaired, with only 5,000 of them with guide dogs.

A huge number find themselves “encumbered by a car parked on a pavement when really there’s no need for it to be there” as they go about their daily activities.

But he decided to withdraw his Bill after receiving assurances that a meeting on the issue will take place in the new year to discuss the controversial issue.

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said the Government said no decision in favour of implementing a national ban on the situation could take place without further evidence. In addition Mr Goodwill said he shared Mr Hoare’s concerns about improving access for disabled people throughout the country. And he also confirmed that fellow transport minister Andrew Jones has agreed to hold talks on the issue.