HC Deb 15 December 1980 vol 996 c66W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Minister of Transport if he will study the effect of the growing practice of local authorities in large cities of closing off roads with barriers, making it virtually impossible for entry or exit to take place and of motorists then using such roads as parking grounds, thus preventing emergency services from being' able to obtain entry; and if he will co-ordinate with local authorities action to be taken to overcome the problem.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The placing of barriers across roads as part of traffic regulation schemes can bring substantial environmental benefits in residential areas. Clearly, arrangements need to be made in such cases for access by emergency services. The parking of vehicles so as to cause a danger or obstruction is an offence. The responsibility for the enforcement of parking regulations lies with the police authority concerned.

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