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Can I park on the pavement?

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In England and Wales, local councils can make a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO ) prohibiting parking on the pavement. If this is the case, there should be signs/markings that clearly show where pavement parking is specifically prohibited. Once parking on the pavement is prohibited on a particular road/street/area, council Civil Enforcement Officers are then able to enforce the restriction by issuing a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN ). However, there are potentially a number of issues in using a TRO :

  • A TRO may solve pavement parking problems in one area but make them far worse in nearby areas.
  • With public consultation requirements, it can take up to approximately 2 years.
  • Many council Civil Enforcement Officers only work during the day – this can cause issues in relation to enforcement action if vehicles are parked on the pavement in the evening/night.

If you wish to explore the possibility of your local council using a TRO in your area, we would suggest you consider speaking to your local councillor about the matter via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-councillors

Please be aware that the police are not responsible for setting up TROs .

If not specifically prohibited, parking a vehicle on the pavement could lead to an offence of obstruction being committed – this could result in a fixed penalty notice being issued to offending vehicle/s. This is because parking on the pavement can obstruct pedestrians and wheelchair users, forcing them to use the road to pass a parked vehicle/s.

Waiting restrictions indicated by yellow lines apply to the road, pavements and verges. Therefore, it is still against the law to park on the pavement/verge by the side of yellow lines.

It should also be noted that unless you are accessing your property via a lowered kerb driveway, it is an offence to drive on the pavement even for a short distance.

The above provisions apply even if you only have one or two wheels on the pavement and they also apply to motorcycles.

Whilst the above information represents the general position in England and Wales, there may be regional variations to this, for example, in London there is essentially a blanket ban.

It's an offence to park a goods vehicle over 7.5 tonnes on the verge or pavement.

It will depend on the circumstances as to who you should report problems with pavement parking to. Your local council will usually deal with vehicles in breach of parking restrictions e.g. yellow lines and areas where there is a specific ban on pavement parking, whereas your local police will usually deal with vehicles driving on the pavement or causing an obstruction. You can contact your local police via 101 and your council via the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-council

You may also wish to consider speaking to your local councillor via the link toward the top of the page.

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