UK motorists could face up to £1.2billion in fines if new regulations are passed. Under the proposed plans by the Department of Transport, drivers caught parking on the kerb would be fined £70.
Parking on the pavement is extremely hazardous, as by obstructing the footway pedestrians have no option but to step into busy roads.
A new study by Co-op Insurance has revealed that almost two thirds (39 per cent) of British drivers currently park on the pavement.
Reasons for pavement parking
Almost three quarters of drivers (73 per cent) say that parking full or partly on the pavement is the best option in certain locations to avoid obstructing traffic.
Other reasons drivers are parking on the pavement include 12 per cent that are doing so to avoid their car being dinted or scratched; one in five want to avoid kerbing their alloys or tyres and a further six per cent struggle to park so find it easier to drive up onto the pavement.
Highlighting that parking on pavements has become more common, just a quarter of drivers say you should not park on pavements. Furthermore, one in 20 drivers think that if necessary, vehicles can be fully parked on pavements with other drivers detailing that ‘it doesn’t matter where you park as long as other drivers aren’t obstructed’.
Lack of guidance
The study highlights a need for further awareness of parking for drivers with over three quarters (76 per cent) saying they’re unaware of any guidance available on parking.
James Hillon, Director of Products for Co-op Insurance said: “It's no surprise that drivers are finding it more and more difficult to park with an increase in the number of cars on the roads, new housing estates and residents frequently dependent on street parking.
“However, it’s really important that drivers consider the impact their parking can have on communities, as well as the potential cost to them if these proposed fines are agreed.”
Mike Bristow, spokesperson for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “It’s important drivers consider the fact that they are not the only road users. Pavement parking can present a hazard to people on foot, especially in built up, urban areas.
“Co-op Insurance’s study reveals anecdotes such as wheelchair users and parents with pushchairs unable to get through due to cars parked on pavements and so we’d ask drivers just to be considerate when parking.”