Marston Holdings’ pavement parking consultation response
Last month we, on behalf of our parent company Marston Holdings, responded to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) consultation Pavement parking: options for change. The consultation focuses on reviewing the laws on pavement parking to make streets more inclusive and safer for all. The consultation asks three questions; How severe are the problems caused by pavement parking? How effective is the current legislation? Do any of the potential reform options have merit?
They spoke to several stakeholders such as Guide Dogs, Living Streets, the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee before opening the consultation out to others. Our own response provides three options for changing the current pavement situation.
Firstly, they could rely on improvements to the existing Traffic Regulation Order system. The simplification of the TRO system would certainly enable authorities across the country to respond to issues more quickly. However, in terms of effectively tackling inappropriate pavement parking we feel that simplified TRO process alone would not be effective enough.
Alternatively, local authorities with Civil Enforcement Officers could be given greater powers to enforce against unnecessary obstruction of the pavement. However, this would not be effective in more remote areas which are either understaffed or too large and isolated to be effectively monitored.
Lastly, we propose a national pavement parking prohibition. While it may seem extreme, it provides greater clarity than the previous options and the London pavement parking ban works well to demonstrate how it would work. Localised exemptions have been introduced where considered possible which could also be utilised.
Whilst there are merits in all three options, our experience across the UK has demonstrated that parking pressures vary considerably between regions, which means the last option has the greatest balance of benefits.
We eagerly await the response from the DfT. To find out more, click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/managing-pavement-parking/pavement-parking-options-for-change
For our full response click here.