Deputy Minister for Transport Lee Waters AM is supporting a campaign to tackle pavement parking in Wales.
In July, the Welsh Government set up a task force to explore ways to stop pavement parking in Wales. It is already illegal in London, with the Scottish Parliament proposing to pass legislation to ban it later this year.
Earlier this week (9 September), the Transport Select Committee published its report on pavement parking in England, calling on the Government to introduce a ban and provide stronger, clearer laws on irresponsible parking.
Living Streets Cymru is calling for a default ban in Wales, with an exception allowing pavement parking on specially designated streets. A recent survey by the charity found that more than a quarter of people aged over 65 in Wales are prevented from walking on their local streets because of blocked pavements.
Deputy Minister for Transport Lee Waters AM has set up a Welsh Government task group to find ways to tackle problem parking. He said:
“Pavement parking is a real problem for our communities and acts as a barrier to encouraging active travel. I want people of all ages and abilities to feel confident and safe when making every day journeys by walking or cycling, which can help us tackle obesity, air pollution and the climate emergency.”
“Our expert group is considering the options available to us as we look to tackle pavement parking and redress the balance of power in our urban environment.”
Living Streets Cymru is asking members of the public to take part in a survey to tell them how pavement parking affects them. The results will be shared with the Welsh Government task group investigating the issue.
Rhiannon Hardiman, Manager for Living Streets Cymru, said:
“Pavement parking is a problem for everyone, but particularly so for those with mobility issues and sight loss, parents with pushchairs and older adults, who may fear leaving their homes as they feel unsafe. As well as making it difficult for people to use their streets, it can also cause substantial damage to pavements, which can cost councils tens of thousands of pounds each year to repair.
“We need safe and accessible pavements to encourage people of all ages to walk more, and we are working with the Welsh Government to stop this dangerous practice.”
The Welsh Government has also created a task group to provide advice on changing the default speed limit in Wales from 30mph to 20mph.
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