The minutes for last week’s Exeter Highways and Traffic Orders Committee have now been published, including the
*119 Update on Parking on Pavements
In accordance with Standing Order 23(2) Councillor Owen had requested that the Committee consider this matter.
The Head of Highways, Capital Development and Waste reported on a new Bill proceeding through Parliament to make provision for the safety, convenience and free movement on pavements of disabled people, older people, people accompanying young children, and other pavement users; to clarify, strengthen and simplify the law relating to parking on pavements in England and Wales; and for connected purposes . Under this impending legislation it was anticipated exemptions would be allowed where vehicles would be permitted to park on pavements under certain circumstances.
The Head of Service also reported on the County Council’s lead in developing best practice policy (in conjunction with the British Parking Association and The Joint Committee of England and Wales for Civil Enforcement of Parking and Traffic Regulation Outside London) with the launch of website information and publication of publicity material and notices for cars about inappropriate parking on pavements.
Those dry minutes don’t really reflect the progress that has been made.
We were told that Devon County Council are to launch a proactive campaign, Pavements are for People, working in partnership with Devon & Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council, Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council.
From September, DCC’s Civil Enforcement Officers will be issuing advisory enforcement notices warning drivers who park on pavements that this behaviour is inappropriate and may lead to a Penalty Charge Notice and a fixed fine.
Already DCC have raised their concerns over pavement parking at national level with bodies such as the British Parking Association [BPA] and the Joint Committee of England and Wales for the Civil Enforcement of Parking And Traffic Regulations Outside London [PATROL].
And most importantly they have supported Simon Hoare MP’s Private Members’ Bill, Pavement Parking (Protection of Vulnerable Pedestrians) Bill 2015-16.
As part of their support for the Private Members’ Bill, DCC are promoting the campaigning work of Guide Dogs on this matter.