1. Dr. Glyn
asked the Minister of Transport whether he will make it an offence to leave a vehicle in a place on the highway where it obstructs access to and egress from a public or private garage, car park, or parking bay.
§ The Minister of Transport (Mr. Ernest Marples)
I hope shortly to introduce regulations making this a specific offence in the London Traffic Area. I am first consulting the local authorities and other bodies concerned about the draft regulations. Outside London, this is a matter for local authorities.
I thank my right hon. Friend for that very satisfactory reply, which will be welcomed by all garage and parking bay users and the police. Will it not also encourage people to use off-street car-parking facilities to a greater extent?
§ Mr. Marples
I agree. If a person wants to park a car for long periods he must go off the street. If a person pays for a garage for his own use he should not be frustrated by other people parking free in front of it and preventing him from using it.