A PARLIAMENTARY committee wants to hear from people affected by the problem of drivers parking on pavements in a bid to clamp down on the issue.

The Transport Committee has launched an inquiry to explore the problems of pavement parking in England and consider possible solutions.

It is keen to hear from people who have experienced issues as a result of pavement parking, such as those with visual difficulties, who use mobility aids, or need to navigate footpaths with children.

Chair of the committee, Lilian Greenwood, said: "This is an area where some people’s actions cause real difficulties for others.

"Parking on pavements risks the safety of all groups of people from the littlest to the oldest, with differing needs.

"While we’re also inquiring into Active Travel – how we get more people to get into walking and cycling – we need to make sure it’s safe to take to the streets.

"We want to hear from the public about the difficulties this presents and the solutions on offer."

‘Pavement parking’ is defined as when one or more wheels of a vehicle are on the footpath.

As well as creating obstacles for people wanting to use footpaths, councils face additional costs to repair damage to surfaces which are not designed to take the weight of motor vehicles, the committee said.

A mix of criminal and civil sanctions are available to police and local councils to enforce restrictions on pavement parking on private or commercial drivers.

Parking on footways or pavements was banned in London in 1974, and it’s prohibited for large goods vehicles across England.

But a lack of progress in tackling pavement parking has led many groups to campaign on the issue and although it is regularly raised with MPs by their constituents, the Government has not taken any action on this issue in recent years.

The closing date to submit written evidence to the committee is May 14.

MORE: Click here to submit written evidence to the committee and for more details on the consultation

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