Call for ban on pavement car parking in and around Boston
MOTORISTS in and around the Boston area are being encouraged not to park on the pavement by the Guide Dogs for the Blind association.
The association is also calling on councils to act to protect vulnerable pedestrians following The YouGov poll which revealed 50 per cent of drivers in the region admitted to parking on the pavement, with 33 per cent in the East Midlands admitting they have never thought about the impact.
Guide dog owner Mary Clark from Boston has had several frightening experiences and said: “Not only is parking on the pavement inconvenient for people with visual impairments, wheelchair users or people with pushchairs, it can damage the pavements, causing another hazard when the car has gone.
“I have been told to walk out onto the road by one inconsiderate parker, and sworn at and my guide dog threatened by another when I walked into his car.”
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The Guide Dogs association believes this thoughtless behaviour is making some of the East Midland’s town and city centres and suburbs no-go areas for blind and partially sighted people and can undermine the life-changing freedom offered by a guide dog partnership.
The association wants to see councils in England use their powers to ban pavement parking and make our streets safer for everyone.
Lincolnshire County Council’s highways network manager Mike Nicholls said: “We are looking to establish a policy with regard to parking on the pavement in the near future which strikes a fair balance between the needs of pedestrians and motorists.”
LCC says it an offence to obstruct the highway and the police do have the power to take action where they see an offence committed.