Guide Dog owner and his guide dog look into road from pavement, from behind a pavement parked car

Pavement Parking: end the thousand days of delay

Pavement parked cars force people into the road to face oncoming traffic, which is especially dangerous for blind and partially sighted people. We have been campaigning for a new law to end unsafe pavement parking.

Outside of London it’s the norm that drivers can legally park on pavements. We want to make this the exception. Pedestrians should be able to rely on pavements being clear. Scotland has recently made plans to outlaw pavement parking; it’s time we saw this progress in England and Wales.

By September, it’ll be over 1,000 days since the UK Government promised to find out how this new law would work. The Government has been stalling on this promise, repeatedly.

 

During the week of 13 August, hundreds of Guide Dogs campaigners will be taking to the streets as part of our Pavement Parking Day of Action to gather signatures for our open letter to Government to end the thousand days of delay on pavement parking.

You can join us and sign our open letter to call on the Prime Minister and the Government to take action to end unsafe pavement parking. Sign the open letter now.

Read the open letter below.

Find out more about the history of our Pavement Parking campaign here.

 

Our open letter to Government to end the thousand days of delay

 

Dear Prime Minister,

It’s been 1,000 days since the Government promised to take action to prevent unsafe pavement parking by researching how a new law to tackle the issue would work. The Government has been stalling on this issue repeatedly.

Cars parked on the pavements force people into the road to face oncoming traffic, which is particularly dangerous for many, including blind and partially sighted people, parents with pushchairs and young children, wheelchair users and others who use mobility aids.

Pedestrians should be able to rely on pavements being clear and safe. In December 2015, a Private Member’s Bill on pavement parking, which would have made pavement parking an offence in England and Wales, was withdrawn on the basis that the Government promised to research how a new law on pavement parking would work.  

30 August 2018 marks 1,000 days since the UK Government promised to find out how a new law, such as the solution which already exists in London, would work. 1,000 days is a long time to wait when your safety is at risk. We call on you, Prime Minister, to take an urgent lead with the Government to end the thousand days of delay, and take action to change the law on unsafe pavement parking.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Wright CBE, Chief Executive, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets
Andrew Pester, Chief Executive, British Parking Association
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK
Philip Darnton OBE, Executive Director, The Bicycle Association of Great Britain
Julie Harrington, Chief Executive Officer, British Cycling
Ian Harvey, Executive Director, Civic Voice
Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive Officer, Cycling UK
Steve Conway, Chief Executive, Deafblind UK
Graham Footer, Chief Executive, Disabled Motoring UK
Janet Morrison, Chief Executive, Independent Age
Neil Heslop OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Leonard Cheshire
Cathy Yelf, Chief Executive, Macular Society
Malcolm Booth, Chief Executive Officer, NFOP
Vanessa Griffiths, Chief Executive, The Ramblers
Eliot Lyne, Interim Chief Executive, Royal National Institute of Blind People
Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive, Scope
Lisa Hopkins, Chief Executive, SeeAbility
Xavier Brice, Chief Executive, Sustrans
Peter Corbett, Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Pocklington Trust

And Guide Dogs supporters.