House of Lords written question – answered on 13th October 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risks to (1) blind and partially sighted people, (2) wheelchair users, and (3) parents with pushchairs, from cars parked on pavements.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the total cost of damage caused by cars parking on pavements in the United Kingdom.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from (1) local authorities, (2) disability groups, and (3) other organisations, about cars parking on pavements.

Photo of Baroness Kramer Baroness Kramer Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Her Majesty’s Government has made no specific assessment of these risks as local authorities have the powers to permit or ban pavement parking at the local level. However, I wrote to all English Traffic Authorities on 27 June 2014 to remind them of their existing, wide-ranging powers to prevent people from parking on the pavement where it is a problem. We have also published a range of guidance documents for traffic authorities highlighting the difficulties that pavement parking causes for pedestrians and detailing ways that it can be prevented.

Her Majesty’s Government does not keep records of the total cost of damage caused by cars parking on pavements as this is matter for local highway authorities.

In response to two major email campaigns orchestrated by Living Streets and Guide Dogs, Her Majesty’s Government received around 2000 standard petitions against pavement parking. We receive other views, from time to time, on an ad hoc basis.

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