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As new academic year starts, 'parking on pavements near schools' is parents' biggest gripe

Tristan Harris 4th Sep, 2018 Updated: 5th Sep, 2018

AS BROMSGROVE, Rubery and South Birmingham youngsters head back to school, a new survey has revealed many people think those parking on pavements when battling the school run should be fined or even face points on their licence.

The survey for online parking portal YourParkingSpace.co.uk has found more than one in ten respondents would like to slap a fine of up to £100 on pavement parkers.

Some wanted even harsher punishments. Community service was backed by two per cent, three points on a driving licence was given support by five per cent of people, while driving awareness courses were favoured by four per cent.

Overall, almost half of those surveyed wanted some sort of fine or punishment for motorists caught parking on a pavement, which at the moment is a grey area in many parts of the UK.

Harrison Woods, managing director at YourParkingSpace.co.uk, said: “Pavement parking provokes strong opinions, with a sizeable number of Brits baying for harsh punishments.

“A number of motorists think there’s nothing wrong with stopping on a pavement but for others it’s a definite no-no because of the inconvenience it can cause to pedestrians.”

Motorists parking on pavements gave various reasons for doing so, with almost one in five saying it was because there was nowhere else to park, while two per cent said it was due to being in a rush.

However, the days of pavement parking could be numbered with the Department for Transport considering a review of current traffic legislation which could make the whole of the UK the same as London where it is illegal, forcing those on the school run to look for alternative parking spaces.

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