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MPs must respond to public demand for action on pavement parking danger, says Living Streets

MPs must vote for tough action to stop the scourge of parking on our pavements which blights most of the country, says pedestrian campaign group Living Streets today, as Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood's Pavement Parking Bill receives its second reading in the House of Commons.

Over two thirds (69%) of the public are in favour of a national law says Living Streets, which is part of a coalition of charities including Guide Dogs, Age UK and the RNIB supporting the Bill to make pavement parking illegal in England and Wales.

Pavement parking is prohibited in London, but rules vary in the rest of the country.

"Pavement parking is a danger to all pedestrians, forcing them to walk in the road and damaging the footway and creating trip hazards, but it is particularly dangerous for people with sight impairment, mobility problems or parents with buggies," says Living Streets' Chief Executive Joe Irvin.

"We know over three quarters (78%) of councillors favour national legislation to tackle the problem. This bill is an opportunity to apply consistency across England and Wales, and would be a simple, but effective measure to help make our towns and cities safer and easier for walking, enabling us all to be more active and enjoy our local streets."

Martin Horwood MP says: "I'm delighted by the support Living Streets and many other organisations are giving to my bill, but I would still urge anyone who cares about this issue to get in touch with their local MP to encourage them to support it. Together we can make a real difference to people's safety and quality of life."

T: 020 7377 4914
E: [email protected]
W: www.livingstreets.org.uk

12th September 2014

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