Transport written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Simon Reevell Simon Reevell Conservative, Dewsbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he made of the recent survey by the charity, Guide Dogs, on the number of blind and partially-sighted people who report that cars parked on pavements frequently cause problems for them.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The survey reports that over half of the drivers surveyed who park on pavements have considered the problems this could cause blind and partially sighted people and have still parked on the pavement, and that many do not appear to consider the negative impact that pavement parking can have.

Local authorities have the powers they need to permit or prohibit pavement parking and to enforce restrictions. It is their role to balance the needs of all users of the public highway and I would encourage them to address this issue where it is a particular problem.

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