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Parking on the pavement could soon cost you £70

PUBLISHED: 13:49 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:19 05 April 2018

Drivers could soon be fined for parking on pavements. Picture Antony Kelly.

Drivers could soon be fined for parking on pavements. Picture Antony Kelly.

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Drivers who park on pavements could soon be slapped with a fine for doing so.

It has been reported today that the Department for Transport is considering new laws to prevent cars parking on pavements which could see fines of £70 issued.

The move would bring the rest of England in line with London, where parking on the pavement has been banned for more than four decades.

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, said: “Whilst drivers in London are up to speed with refraining from leaving a wheel or two on the curb, this ban will have a huge impact on drivers across the rest of the country.

“It’s incredibly important that the street-sides are clear to prevent any obstacles for pedestrians, but councils must recognise that parking is already a struggle for most drivers due to the lack of available spaces and existing restrictions.”

In the majority of the country drivers are permitted to partially park vehicles on the pavement as long as it does not cause an obstruction.

But the law is different in London.

Rule 244 of the Highway Code states: “You must not park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it.

“Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.”

Ms Stretton added: “To avoid additional unnecessary charges, drivers should ensure they leave enough time to find an adequate parking space where they can be sure they won’t return to a ticket.”

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