A warning to all our customers, parking on the pavement could soon mean a ticket and a fine.
If you’re a car dealer, a mobile mechanic or a commercial tradesman outside of London, you probably park up the kerb sometimes. Well maybe not for long, as the Local Government Association (LGA), is asking councils to clamp down.
The group, which represents 370 English and Welsh councils, says local authorities should be stopping drivers from parking their vehicles on kerbs, paths and verges. If the rules change, you could find yourself with a parking ticket and an expensive fine.
Did you know?
People haven’t been allowed to park up kerbs in London for 40 years.
But now, it could be rolled out across the whole country. Councils can already fine you if you cause an obstruction or leave your motor next to yellow lines. However, if the suggested new rules are enforced, it could mean many people getting caught out.
More cars, less space
In 2016, the amount of cars on UK roads rose by 600,000. All of those cars need somewhere to park, meaning less space and the greater likelihood of parking on the pavement.
You may think you’re doing the right thing parking half up the pavement to leave space in the road. However, you may be making it unsafe for pedestrians.
People with prams, pedestrians in wheelchairs and those with sight issues are all vulnerable.
So if you’re parking at a job or looking at a car for sale, you’ll soon need to consider if you could end up with a ticket.
How much will the fine be?
Councils will likely be able to decide for themselves, but you’re probably looking at between £50 and £70. Similar to general parking fines, these will be reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days.
A spokesperson for the LGA has said the money made by the fines could go back into repairing roads.
When will this happen?
There is no date for this yet that we are aware of, so watch this space and we’ll report back soon.
In the meantime, if you want to discuss your insurance needs, call the Tradesure team on 0121 248 9300.
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