Pavement parking ‘nightmare’ for guide dog users says activist
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Steve Clark, spokesperson for the BPA said there are a ”number of roads” which are not wide enough to allow drivers to drop on the kerbs. He said “no two areas are the same” and warned parking off the kerbs on some streets may create “bigger problems”.
He is pushing for councils to “exempt” areas with tighter roads for safety purposes if any new rule is introduced.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “We fully understand all of the problems.
“There’s an awful lot of people who can’t walk down a pavement because people are parking on it.
“People with disabilities, people who are blind, people with prams and families.
“Their only choice to get to where they want to go is to go out in the street because someone has whacked straight up on the pavement.
“It isn’t right in our opinion.
“But of course against that, there are a number of roads where the roads aren’t wide enough to pavement park.
“Not wide enough to pavement park and enable emergency vehicles to get down that street.”
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He added: “It all boils down to can you get an ambulance or a fire engine down there.
“If something happens to somebody, somebody can’t be saved, there has to be the discretion to say ‘we are not going to enforce pavement parking there because it will potentially create bigger problems than the pavement parking itself’.
“There has to be a balance, no two roads are the same, no two areas are the same.
“There has to be discretion, a blanket complete no pavement parking at all would probably not be the correct approach.
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