How many times have you missed out on a parking space because of someone’s poor parking, or had to walk into the road because the pavement was blocked by a car?
Illegal? Not necessarily.
We’re calling for motorists to be more considerate when parking their vehicles. North Wales Police receive a huge number of reports every year from residents complaining about parking, however a large portion of these are not matters for the Police or could be avoided with a bit more consideration for others.
So who deals with what?
Matters that should be reported to the Police:
Parking on zigzag lines or a pedestrian crossing
Parking in a way that would prevent access for emergency vehicles
Matters that should be reported to your local council:
Parking opposite or within ten metres of a junction
Parking over a dropped kerb
Parking in spaces reserved for Blue Badge holders, residents or motorbikes
Parking in marked taxi bays, cycle lanes or red lines
Parking near a school entrance or bus stop
Parking on double yellow lines
If the parking falls outside of those parameters, then it’s classed as inconsiderate. This means that it’s a civil matter and you should try speaking with your neighbours, management company or local council.
What’s the problem with parking on pavements?
Parking on a pavement can cause many issues for people including blind and partially sighted people, parents with pushchairs and young children, wheelchair users and others who use mobility aids. For these people, a car parked on the pavement could mean having to walk into the road to get past, which could put them in danger.
These issues can seem quite small to a lot, however can be big for others.
If a vehicle is parked on the kerb, these incidents are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. On some streets, parking on the kerb is unavoidable so neither the Police nor local council would get involved.
In some cases, parking on the kerb could restrict access for those who are vulnerable or who have disabilities, so the Police may intervene.
How much is the fine for parking on a pavement?
Penalties will differ depending on weather it’s the Police or local council who issues the fine, however the fine is likely to be one of the following:
A fixed penalty notice, which can be issued by the Police, local council or the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, charging you £50 or more.
A local council-issued Penalty Charge Notice, usually from £50 to £130.
Generally, we’d like to appeal to motorists to keep footpaths and pavements clear for pedestrians, ensuring their safety and ease of movement.
Who enforces illegal parking in your area?
There are six local authorities covering North Wales: