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September 23, 2013




This morning, Monday 23rd September 2013, I had a problem getting onto my drive as a transit van was parked on the pavement on one side of the drive and a car was parked on the pavement on the other side of the drive as well as cars on the other side of the road (see photographs)

We are so used to the police and council ignoring bad parking that I did not bother calling it in. However by chance I was taking these pictures when a police car came past. Now if it was because I was taking a picture or because he thought the vehicles were causing an obstruction I am not sure but he stopped and put a ticket on the van windscreen. He ignored the car on the other side of my drive, probably because it was not causing quite as much of an obstruction as the van.

This got me thinking as to what is the law on parking on the pavement?

Simple to answer  one might think but it is not. I googled and tried various approaches to the subject without a definitive answer.

Is it or is it not legal to park on the pavement?  a straightforward question!

Well it would appear that it is quite clear in London. No parking on the pavement, end of story. Outside London, well that rather depends on the Council or the police to interpret the law as they see fit and that is where it gets very complicated.

Am still working on the answer and no doubt will have some better idea eventually. 

Here are couple of items I found on the internet.

Letter sent to Leeds newspaper

After I sent an email to the police complaining about cars being parked on the pavement, I was rather surprised at the reply “there is no specific offences of parking a vehicle with two wheels on a footpath”.

The Highway Code states that you MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and you should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it.

The Road Traffic Act 1988 includes legislation making it illegal to park vehicles on cycle tracks, which includes shared use pavements.

There is also an offence specific to HGV drivers parking on a footpath mainly due to the weight of the vehicles causing damage. But I am sure that many local councils don’t believe that it is just heavy lorries costing them thousands, or even millions over the years, to repair paving stones.

In 2011 it was estimated that Leeds City Council spent almost £2m every year to repair broken pavements. David Cowdrey, of Guide Dogs’ head of public policy and campaigns, said: “We were staggered to discover how much councils are having to spend each year on repairing pavements and paying compensation claims, some of which is down to inconsiderate parking.”

Parking on pavements also creates an obstacle for pedestrians trying to use the pavements, making it difficult for mothers with pushchairs, wheelchair users and other people to use the pavement safely. At worst, pavements obstructed with poorly parked cars can stop visually impaired people from being able to leave their homes or get to the local shops.

I am sure that the police are aware that it is illegal to drive a vehicle on the pavement, but once they have got there, it seems that the police in Leeds just do not care.


(ASK Jeeves )


Is it illegal to park on the pavement?


Strictly speaking, yes – I believe the offence is ‘Driving other than on the road’.

Generally, it’s ignored on residential streets as often it’s the only way people can park. It’s very much down to the police in the area and if there are any complaints.

It’s an offence under Section 72 of the Highways act.





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