Drivers face £70 fine for parking on pavements

This could soon be banned.
This could soon be banned.

Drivers could be banned from parking on pavements and fined up to £70 if they break the rules.

The ban has already been in place in London for the past 40 years and the Government is now considering rolling it out across the country.

The Department for Transport wants more people to walk and cycle.

Road safety campaigners and disability groups welcomed the plans but motoring organisations voiced concern.

AA president Edmund King said: "The concern would be that local authorities will be able to ban pavement parking without looking at the consequences – and without studying the alternatives."

A spokesman from The Alliance of British Drivers added that there were 'lots of places where the roads are just not wide enough' for traffic to flow easily if cars were forced to park away from the pavement.

Since 2011, local councils in England have been able to ban pavement parking in specific areas using special traffic regulation orders.

These new regulations would see a blanket ban with a maximum penalty of £70 brought in and councils having to mark areas where mounting the kerb is permitted.