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Disabled access intrinsic of Government pavement plan

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The transport secretary has proposed to make pavements safer for pedestrians.

As part of the move, the Government is set to consult on proposals for a national pavement parking ban.

The hope is for pavements to become safer for parents and disabled people thanks to proposals to crack down on pavement parking.

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The 12-week consultation will include options such as allowing local authorities with civil parking enforcement powers to crack down on unnecessary obstruction of the pavement.

Currently, outside London, only police have this power.

Commenting, transport secretary Grant Shapps, said: “Vehicles parked on the pavement can cause very real difficulties for many pedestrians. That’s why I am taking action to make pavements safer and I will be launching a consultation to find a long-term solution for this complex issue.”

Adding: “We welcome the Transport Select Committee’s recent report and share their drive to tackle pavement parking and improve people’s daily lives. In 2019 the Department for Transport concluded a review which looked at the problems caused by pavement parking, the effectiveness of legislation, and the case for reform.

“It found that pavement parking was problematic for 95% of respondents who are visually impaired and 98% of wheelchair users.”

Responding to the news, Blanche Shackleton, head of policy, campaigns and public affairs at Guide Dogs said: “Pavement parking prevents people with sight loss from getting out and about safely, resulting in feelings of loneliness and isolation.

“We look forward to working with the government to make this proposed law a reality.”

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