£70 fine for parking on the pavement?
Now, in London, the ban on parking on pavements has been a thing for a while, but politicians are looking at extending this to the rest of the country. Why? Well, it is an attempt to make pavements less cluttered, and something to do with encouraging people to walk.
When you've finished inwardly screaming your head off about the whole thing, the Department for Transport are saying that they like this idea, and you'll only be able to park on the kerb if you have explicit permission.
You can imagine that this is going to keep traffic wardens very busy, and there's going to be a lot of people disputing fines with various local authorities.
Speaking of which, does anyone think that local councils might end up abusing this ruling to generate a load of revenue for themselves, and that they invariably won't provide alternative parking measures elsewhere (certainly not any that's free)?
It is difficult to not be cynical about this, even taking into consideration the benefits it could have for people with disabilities who have difficulty navigating pavements that have cars parked on them.
Edmund King, president of the AA, is suspicious, and said: “The concern would be that local authorities will be able to ban pavement without looking at the consequences or studying the alternatives."
“Getting rid of pavement parking is fine but only if you then remove some redundant double-yellow lines to create space elsewhere.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Transport said: “We are currently considering the rules around pavement parking, including whether more can be done to make it easier for councils to tackle problem areas in a consistent way."
“Work is ongoing and no decisions have been made.”