Motorists must kerb parking habits
PUBLISHED: 11:25 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:50 07 September 2010
Paul Bentley MOTORISTS are being warned their bad parking habits could land them in trouble as Westminster Council launched a new campaign this week. Those who park in front of dropped kerbs and driveways face being fined under new rules. Parking wardens
MOTORISTS are being warned their bad parking habits could land them in trouble as Westminster Council launched a new campaign this week.
Those who park in front of dropped kerbs and driveways face being fined under new rules.
Parking wardens have now been instructed to target drivers who cause obstructions when stopping in front of the lowered kerbs, which are essential access points for wheelchair and mobility scooter users as well as parents pushing prams.
"Unfortunately, many motorists do not realise that their inconsiderate parking puts other drivers at risk and prevents people from crossing the road safely," said transport boss Cllr Danny Chalkley.
"Motorists need to be educated and given adequate warning of the offence. However, if they continue to break the law we will issue a parking ticket."
Parking in such spots became an offence five years ago under the Traffic Management Act 2004.
But despite pressure from campaign groups like Westminster Older People's Action, the council failed to enforce the new law until now.
The new campaign started on Tuesday, following a survey by Westminster's Civil Enforcement Officers in December.
During the course of the month, hundreds of incidents of "inconsiderate" and "obstructive" parking were logged. The council is now sending out leaflets to raise awareness before starting to fine repeat offenders.
Simon Aldridge, of the London Motorists Action Group, said it was crucial the council spells out exactly what the enforcements will mean.
He said: "What about the many redundant old dropped kerbs, will they enforce those?
"If there's going to be a blitz, the same amount of time and expenditure should go into properly informing the public about it."
But David Hogarth, chairman of Westminster Older People's Action, doubts the campaign will deter motorists from parking in front of dropped curbs.
"The proof of the pudding is in the eating," he said. "Only persistent parkers will be fined but the problem in Westminster is one-off parkers on Oxford Street going into shops.
"They'll just get a notice, which won't make the slightest bit of difference.
"If you use a wheelchair or scooter and someone is blocking the dropped kerb you have to go over the kerb and face a pretty nasty bump. Westminster should get its act together and prevent people from committing the offence by using double yellow lines."
Motorists wishing to report any vehicles should contact Westminster Council's parking department on 020-78234567.