A protest campaign over poor walking and cycling safety
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Merseyside road safety failures
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Merseyside road safety improvements
Taking action on poor road safety
Flawed DfT "Consultation" on pavement parkingThe DfT launched a consultation about pavement parking on 31 August 2020 - see https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/managing-pavement-parking/pavement-parking-options-for-change.
The consultation is fatally flawed because the Introduction to the consultation incorrectly states that, outside London,
parking on pavements and verges is permitted unless specifically prohibited by a local authority
This is a deeply disappointing failure since the 2019 House of Commons Select Committee report on pavement parking stated (p16):
Driving onto the pavement is illegal and, in almost all cases, vehicles parked on the pavement will have been driven onto the pavement in breach of this law.See https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmtrans/1982/1982.pdf.
The Committee's report included a recommendation that greater publicity should be given to this law. The DfT officials have responded to this recommendation by ignoring it and omitting reference to the law from the current consultation.
This is outrageous - the DfT is responsible for the confusion over pavement parking via its unjustified change to the Highway Code in 2007 (see https://wacm.org.uk/104.html) - and it is now worsening the confusion.
It is not clear whether officials are being deliberately deceitful or just incompetent.
Vulnerable pedestrians need Living Streets, Guide Dogs and other national bodies to speak up.
First published: 3 Sep 2020
Last updated: 3 Sep 2020