The Highway Code doesn’t mince its words on any matter to do with using our roads – or pavements. It is one of the best written and referenced public documents available and should be compulsory reading for everyone who drives, rides, wheels, pushes, steers or walks on the public highway, or adjacent footpaths.
For the sake of the nation’s safety and sanity, all of us who use the roads should understand the rules, and how what we do may affect others, especially when we park. And according to Guide dogs a shocking 54% of drivers park on the pavement.
It’s bad enough if you are pushing a pram and a thoughtlessly parked vehicle blocks your path but if you are in a wheelchair, or are visually impaired, the situation becomes much more serious. It’s dangerous for anyone to be forced onto the road, but particularly so for those for whom the kerb itself is a menace.
The association points out that parking on the footpath causes damage to the surface which in itself can create hazards, as well as the vehicles themselves becoming obstacles which are difficult or dangerous to get around.
The Highway Code says:’ You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.’ Section 244.