Pavement Parking: Questions and Answers
Is it legal or illegal to park a motor vehicle on a pavement?
What are the exceptions?
What is the law that prohibits parking on pavements?
Who enforces the law?
Where might parking on pavements be permitted?
In a minority of roads, such as those with terraced housing, there is limited off-road parking. Such roads can be considered for legalised and regulated parking on pavements. The areas where parking on pavements is permitted are indicated by signs and by white lines on the pavements.
Why does it matter that drivers are parking on pavements?
A 4-year-old girl was killed whilst on her way to pre-school on her scooter by a van driven on to a pavement to park in Neston (see here). Vulnerable pedestrians such as children, those using a wheelchair or those with visual impairments find cars parked on pavements intimidating, especially if they are forced to walk in the carriageway. Some find it so difficult or upsetting that they no longer venture out from their homes. Pavements are not constructed to carry the weight of vehicles, and many pavements are becoming seriously damaged, which is causing falls for elderly people.
This DfT sign permits and regulates pavement parking:
The sign in use:
|Last updated: 10 Apr 2017