Readers have been having their say on a new law which could see a nationwide ban on pavement parking preventing some motorists from parking outside their homes.

While the majority of Staffordshire Live readers believe people should be fined the planned £70 for parking on pavements if a wheelchair or pushchair cannot get past, they also say many motorists are left with no choice if their home does not have parking and have to park half-on pavements, especially on tight roads.

Others say that roads in many new housing developments are too small for cars to park on and still allow emergency services through - forcing vehicles to park on pavements.

We asked should drivers be fined £70 for parking on pavements?

Leah Wilcox said: "They need to start making some roads wider then. I park up on the kerb a little sometimes as it’s safer for cars to get past my car but I’d never do it so that a pushchair or wheelchair can’t get past."

Ace Fisher said: "If it blocks anything passing, yes [they should be fined]. There are places where the pavement is two-plus cars wide and with one car on there it doesn't affect anybody. However if a wheelchair and a dog can't pass by comfortably then fines should be given.

"A blanket ban will cause parking issues, then people will park close to junctions and make it more dangerous."

Karen Langslow said: "Yes [they should be fined]. It's a nightmare on Rolleston Road at night sometimes. We with mobility issues find it difficult to get passed cars on the pavement."

One of the cars caught by police

Dot Atkinson said: "It is a tough one. If you have a drive then yes, there's no reason you should take up a space in the street but if you don't have a drive, or a garage somewhere then you want your car outside your house where you can see it.

"Unless councils can provide parking areas for cars in each street, away from the houses, allowing free access to emergency vehicles, then where do they expect everyone to put their cars? People with more than one car should maybe be made to rent a garage or something."

Alan Jenkins said: "It depends on the width of the road. But you should not be allowed to block the pavement."

Martyn Kersey said: "Previously when we lived in Aviation Lane, Burton, we had no choice but to park on the pavement due to the narrow cul de sac road and no space anywhere to park."

Sarah Collier said: "I had trouble yesterday. A few yards from my house there were three scaffold lorries parked on one side of the pavement (the whole pavement ), and further down another company lorry, and a van parked on the pavement on the opposite side, I had to walk in the road."

Donna Chambers said: "Definitely if on the pavement. It's so maddening when they obstruct the whole pavement so I have to walk in the road around the car. Where I live we have a lady in a wheelchair who struggles to get round so many of the selfish people. The road is for cars, the pavement for people."

Terry Fowkes said: "Yes in cases where they have driveways/off-road parking big enough to park one or more cars on. Otherwise on some roads if they didn't park half on the pavement nothing would be able to get down some roads."

Brian Matthews said: "Only if they are parked all over the pavement. There are some roads where you have to park half on the pavement because nothing would be able to get down the road because these roads were built before people had cars."

Michael Leach said: "If a wheelchair, mobility scooter or pushchair cannot comfortably get through then yes."

Alison Lydon said: "If a wheelchair, mobility scooter, pushchair or blind person with a guide dog can get past I don’t think it’s an issue. If they can’t, then yes, a fine."

Andie How said: "Yes the pavements are breaking down and that money can pay for repairs while discouraging those who do it."

Ann Yardley said: "A new neighbour has decided that it's perfectly alright to park his "tank" (well, that's what it sounds like) not only on the pavement but on his neighbour's garden as well."

Kate Colley said: "I live in the OAP bungalows and they have to park on the path so emergency services can get through and this is many times due to age of residents. We all have room for a drive which the council approved six years ago but never happened."

Dave Jones said: "It depends on width of the road, and the ability of emergency services to be able to get past the vehicle."

Richard Weedon said: "How about we blame developers for being greedy for profit and not giving space for two cars outside houses and roads not wide enough for two cars to pass and planning authorities for allowing them to build as such?"

Linda Stead said: "Not sure about a fine but if it was made illegal maybe people would think first. As a mobility scooter user some pavements are a nightmare anyway without having to negotiate round cars."

Melissa Mee said: "It depends on the roads. My street is a bus route and we have big pavements, so we have to park on pavements so bus can get past."

Geraldine Laud said: "Yes they should be fined. I see it most days even in the street where I live mothers pushing pushchairs on the road because of drivers being arrogant."

Caron Unwin-lee asked: "So what happens when the the ambulance or firefighters or police cannot get down the road because everyone is parked on the road?"

John Pyne said: "Yes no question about it. We need a tow away system like in Spain and France. Okay putting a ticket on the vehicle but that doesn't remove the problem."

Albert Hartland said: "Don’t complain. You moved into the house knowing there was no parking, keep getting fined and increase the governments funds."

Alison Byrnes said: "Sometimes there is no choice. The new developments where I live built the houses so close together, didn't allow driveway spaces even on the bigger family houses and made minimum width pavements and roads just to get as many houses in the area - more houses - more money. Blame the developers and planners - no vision and common sense."

James Mckenna said: "Yes. I got fined in London for doing that 12 years ago and I was only trying to find directions. Only there for three minutes. I told the person it was ok to do that where I came from he said tough. I appealed against but still had to pay the fine."

Barry Gemmell said: "If you don't have enough parking for your car, work harder and buy a house with more parking."

Marie Martin-Bell said: "No as sometimes if there’s not enough space for an emergency vehicle to pass it’s a necessity."

Ian Gould said: "Off road parking for all? Never happen. Wider roads for all? Never happen. There are many streets where emergency vehicles can't get past unless cars park on the kerb but then again if cars park too far over the pavement they obstruct the pedestrian. These problems and concerns have been debated for decades. £70 in the bank without addressing the actual problem."

Simon Bacon said: "I doubt there are many roads where none-pavement parking can take place successfully. Many roads date back to the days when cars were a rare thing. I know for a fact if we didn't pavement park in my road the bin lorry or fire engine would never get through."

Amanda Sefton said: "Not unless they make the roads wider. It’s an impossible choice - face a fine for blocking the pavement (and wheelchair/pram users) or obstruct the road and prevent cars and emergency vehicles passing."

Jay Clarke said: "You try getting down some streets if cars don't park slightly on the pavement. So many streets don't come with drives. It would be chaos if they parked fully on the road."

Susan Smith said: "Yes. Roads are for cars, pavements are for people walking."

Chris Brown said: "Parked cars on the road or pavement when they have an obvious drive to park on should be fined heavily. The problem with "lazy can't be bothered to reverse" drivers that cause annoying congestion on roads should be punished. Some 80 per cent of lazy people cause the problem. It's very annoying."

Staffordshire Live newsletter April 16 2021

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