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Government Transport Committee Pavement Parking Inquiry, A chance to influence policy
Longtime Lurker
post Thu, 4 Apr 2019 - 22:34
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The Government 's transport committee are asking for written evidence on:

The impact of pavement parking; The enforcement of pavement parking offences; and Enforcement and, if necessary, reform of traffic regulation orders need to deal with pavement parking.

The closing date to submit written evidence is 14 May 2019.

Given that people round here have a vast wealth of experience of the process and public's level of comprehension of parking law and appeals processes, I think we could get together to write a really usefu submission. Given also that most submissions will probably be from people arguing for or against the whole concept, a submission from here that concentrated on clarity of enforcement, consistent treatment, effectiveness of appeals, stopping councils from being too venal, etc. has the potential to be highly influential.

How would the regulars round here feel about collaborating on a written submission, around 3,000 words max over the next 6 weeks or so?

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post Fri, 5 Apr 2019 - 08:07
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It is not a Government committee, it is a permanent Parliamentary Select Committee that oversees the DfT. Members come from all the political parties. Occasionally, they have the Minister in for a grilling. Most of their reports seem to be ignored by Governments, which is usual for these committees.
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post Sat, 6 Apr 2019 - 10:18
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Good luck with councils not being venal.

The thing is that footway parking can be dealt with if there is an issue with it, anywhere in the country.
Police have the powers even if councils do not.
If we take London where council do have powers under the Greater London Council General Powers Act 1974, there is enforcement.
But often unnecessary in respect of traffic management, often simply that a vehicle is overlapping markings and often it is clear that councils have not considered mush more then they can enforce, not that they need to.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the country, people park with wheels on footways habitually.
Often in a totally stupid fashion but often causing little if any issues.
Make it a countrywide ban and PCNs will skyrocket, councils will have a new revenue stream, motorists will suffer generally, those who park stupidly still will.
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