To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that people who do not have internet access are able to participate in the consultation on pavement parking.
The Covid-19 pandemic has posed many challenges. The majority of departmental staff are working from home for the foreseeable future to help control the spread of the virus. This means that the very large volume of physical post to the Department cannot be sorted and distributed in the normal way. We are therefore seeking to encourage all replies to the consultation by online survey, or by email where this is an easier solution. We sincerely hope that the majority of people wishing to respond will have some access to the internet, such as from a library or with help from friends or family.
I am pleased to report that despite the unusual circumstances, we have already received a large response to the consultation from members of the public, and we expect to receive responses from a range of organisations representing many of the people for whom pavement parking is a particular problem.