Consultation planned to ban pavement parking

Drivers are being reminded to take extra care when parking to avoid legal trouble and hefty fines.

Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 10:14 am
A consultation has been planned to ban pavement parking

The warning comes as the Department for Transport is set to open a consultation on whether to ban parking on pavements.

A team of motoring experts have compiled a list of prohibited parking spots around the UK, so drivers can stay on the right side of the law and keep their pennies in their pockets.

Some of the most common motoring fines are issued when drivers aren’t even in their vehicles – when they’ve parked in restricted areas.

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Parking on pavements could be completely banned

This proves that motorists still find it hard to identify restrictions and in the need for parking may compromise other road user’s safety.

Cycle lanes and taxi bays are just some of the spots which are prohibited to be used for parking purposes.

Tim Alcock from LeaseCar.uk explained: “When behind the wheel, it’s important to minimise risks wherever possible – but this goes for when your car is stationary too.

“Drivers can avoid the hassle of receiving a fine through the post if they simply brush up on their parking knowledge.

“The rules put in place are there for a reason – to promote safety for all road users – and so must be followed at all times.”

Here is a guide to prohibited parking spots:

1. Double yellow lines

Two yellow lines mean parking and waiting is not permitted at any time, and they can either be painted on the road or the kerb.

Loading and unloading may be permitted under some circumstances if continuous and not during peak hours, unless there are specific restrictions in place which are identified by either signage or yellow kerb- dashes.

The fine is usually £70 but is reduced in half if paid within 14 days, but this does depend on the local authority.

2. Yellow zig-zag lines

Often found outside schools, hospitals and police stations, these are used to indicate the length of road where stopping is prohibited. A sign may also be present indicating a mandatory prohibition of stopping during these times show.

3. Double red lines

Two red lines painted on the kerb or road state that drivers must not stop at any time, unless a licensed taxi or blue badge holder who can drop off/pick up passengers only.

4. Clearway

A sign with red cross over a blue background indicates a clearway, which means stopping is prohibited at all times. Dropping off/ picking up passengers is also prohibited even for licensed taxis and blue badge holders. These restrictions apply 24 hours a day.

5. Taxi bays

Only licensed public taxis are permitted to park in these bays. Private taxis must adhere to the rules for other motorists and are not allowed to use the bays. If parked without authorization, a fixed penalty may be given.

6. Cycle lane

Cyclists on the road are just as valuable as other motorists and therefore the space designated should be respected. Cars and lorries parking in cycle lanes force cyclists to put themselves in danger and head out onto the main flow of traffic. At no times must a car be driven or parked on a cycle route when the cycle lane is made up of a solid white lane.

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