Govt makes it easier to tackle problem of pavement parking by car insurance holders

Wednesday, 02 February 2011

The government is making it easier for councils to combat the problem of car insurance policyholders parking on pavements.

Local transport minister Norman Baker has written to councils imploring them to use their powers to prevent motor insurance holders parking on pavements, where they cause obstructions to pedestrians.

The Department of Transport has given permission to all councils in England for them to use signs to demonstrate a pavement parking ban.

Until now, councils have had to seek permission from the government every time they wanted to implement a ban.

Mr Baker said: "Parking on the pavement can be selfish and dangerous, putting pedestrians - especially those with disabilities or using pushchairs - in danger."

"Most drivers are considerate and do not park on the pavement unless it is permitted or necessary. However, there is a selfish minority who do not use their common sense and dump their cars wherever it suits them without a second thought for others," he added.

A recent survey by moneysupermarket.com revealed drivers are constantly striving to reduce the costs of motoring, with half looking for a more fuel-efficient model for their next car.

Posted by Noel Martin

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