Charity calls on councils to enforce parking rules

PARKING on pavements is making parts of the region “no-go” areas for blind people, a leading charity warned last night.

A study by YouGov for Guide Dogs showed that 63 per cent of drivers in the North-East admitted to parking on pavements.

Guide Dogs said the “thoughtless behaviour” was excluding the blind and partially sighted from town centres and suburbs and was undermining the life-changing freedom offered by owning a Guide Dog.

The charity is calling on councils in England to use their powers to ban pavement parking and make the streets safer for everyone.

Linda Oliver, Guide Dogs engagement officer for the North-East, said: “Cars parked on pavements are an everyday nightmare for blind and partially-sighted people as well as other vulnerable pedestrians.

“Imagine how terrifying it is to step into a road when you can’t see oncoming traffic. Too often people with sight loss are forced out into busy roads because an inconsiderate motorist has blocked the pavement. It’s an unwanted barrier to the freedom and independence a guide dog brings.

Val Hyde, of Stockton, who is blind and uses a guide dog, said: “One of the worst things I have to encounter many times a week is obstructive parking very often coupled with overhanging hedges that make it impossible to keep to the pavement.

“Leaving the safety of the pavement very often onto busy roads with noisy fast traffic creates a danger in itself.

“My guide dog is trained to a very high standard. It is a shame that some drivers make it difficult for her to do her job properly.”

Across the UK most drivers – over 54 per cent – park on the pavement, the study showed. But 48 per cent said they hadn’t thought about the possible problems it could cause to blind people, or the elderly and adults with prams.

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8:51am Tue 12 Feb 13

swissball says...

Apparently parking on pavements is not against the law, unless it stops a wheelchair or a buggy/pram getting past and not having to go on the road to get past the vehicle. Ridiculous!
Apparently parking on pavements is not against the law, unless it stops a wheelchair or a buggy/pram getting past and not having to go on the road to get past the vehicle. Ridiculous! swissball

11:14am Tue 12 Feb 13

Madadrian says...

parking on pavements cannot be illegal. The police do it all the time. They also park blocking dropped curbs for wheelchairs and get very aggressive if you ask them to move
parking on pavements cannot be illegal. The police do it all the time. They also park blocking dropped curbs for wheelchairs and get very aggressive if you ask them to move Madadrian

11:57am Tue 12 Feb 13

Homshaw1 says...

There are plenty of parking wardens so it should not be a problem
There are plenty of parking wardens so it should not be a problem Homshaw1

2:31pm Tue 12 Feb 13

swissball says...

I don't see many wardens patrolling the west end! or any other residential area come to that!! Yet there are loads of vehicle parked on pavements, without any consideration for pedestrians!!!
I don't see many wardens patrolling the west end! or any other residential area come to that!! Yet there are loads of vehicle parked on pavements, without any consideration for pedestrians!!! swissball

4:01pm Tue 12 Feb 13

the-big-yin says...

swissball wrote:
Apparently parking on pavements is not against the law, unless it stops a wheelchair or a buggy/pram getting past and not having to go on the road to get past the vehicle. Ridiculous!
The police need to stamp down on those idiots who park on footpaths....
Just take a drive around Crook and see all the pavements that are blocked...Then you also have those idiots who park on the road , but on bends around housing estates....if you have problems with anything like this call the police and they have to go out and have the vehicles moved...
[quote][p][bold]swissball[/bold] wrote: Apparently parking on pavements is not against the law, unless it stops a wheelchair or a buggy/pram getting past and not having to go on the road to get past the vehicle. Ridiculous![/p][/quote]The police need to stamp down on those idiots who park on footpaths.... Just take a drive around Crook and see all the pavements that are blocked...Then you also have those idiots who park on the road , but on bends around housing estates....if you have problems with anything like this call the police and they have to go out and have the vehicles moved... the-big-yin

6:03pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Madadrian says...

In Darlington the police walk past vehicles that are illegally parked. When I started driving the police would issue a summons to drivers who parked too close to a junction. Today the cars are parked nose to tail stopping pedestrians getting past them
In Darlington the police walk past vehicles that are illegally parked. When I started driving the police would issue a summons to drivers who parked too close to a junction. Today the cars are parked nose to tail stopping pedestrians getting past them Madadrian

10:53pm Tue 12 Feb 13

bishop/ says...

Taking a walk in our local village is a pain having to push a pushchair up the a68 in to on coming traffic just to get past a line of cars parked on paths. If everyone just parked on road if it started to cause traffic problems the councils would have to look in to providing better off road parking.
Taking a walk in our local village is a pain having to push a pushchair up the a68 in to on coming traffic just to get past a line of cars parked on paths. If everyone just parked on road if it started to cause traffic problems the councils would have to look in to providing better off road parking. bishop/

3:47pm Tue 19 Feb 13

st-george1 says...

Need to take a lesson from the hate-filled teachers and their trade union and ask them to make and sell ‘Blind Awareness’ T-shirts in same format as those they used to cause offence to Mrs Thatcher and Britain’s Conservative voters, OR even follow the Fire Fighters Union’s ‘You slash You burn’ campaign designed to inflame public fears with hate-filled anti Coalition government lies … BUT just saying please don’t park on pavements, would be more friendly and appropriate !
Need to take a lesson from the hate-filled teachers and their trade union and ask them to make and sell ‘Blind Awareness’ T-shirts in same format as those they used to cause offence to Mrs Thatcher and Britain’s Conservative voters, OR even follow the Fire Fighters Union’s ‘You slash You burn’ campaign designed to inflame public fears with hate-filled anti Coalition government lies … BUT just saying please don’t park on pavements, would be more friendly and appropriate ! st-george1

4:13pm Tue 19 Feb 13

st-george1 says...

Who in the council has the nous to enforce anything in todays world that grants more favours to the criminal element than the rest of us … paying unacceptable levels of council tax means nothing and there’s lots of evidence to show that we’re getting less and less for our money … look around and spot the overgrown hedges, the litter, the graffiti, the dog sh*t, the uncleaned and pot-holed roads, the badly-parked vehicles owned by the untouchable-blue-bad
ge-holders and the million-pound glass-strewn cycle paths ignored by many over-40 year old cyclists who quite happily put other people’s lives at risk and are blameless … so until such times as the Labour Councillors get off their backside and do WALK-ABOUTS, enforcing inconsiderate behaviour looks to be out of the question !
Who in the council has the nous to enforce anything in todays world that grants more favours to the criminal element than the rest of us … paying unacceptable levels of council tax means nothing and there’s lots of evidence to show that we’re getting less and less for our money … look around and spot the overgrown hedges, the litter, the graffiti, the dog sh*t, the uncleaned and pot-holed roads, the badly-parked vehicles owned by the untouchable-blue-bad ge-holders and the million-pound glass-strewn cycle paths ignored by many over-40 year old cyclists who quite happily put other people’s lives at risk and are blameless … so until such times as the Labour Councillors get off their backside and do WALK-ABOUTS, enforcing inconsiderate behaviour looks to be out of the question ! st-george1

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