§ Mr. John Hunt
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a commencement order under section 7 of the Road Traffic Act 1974 in respect of vehicles other than heavy commercial vehicles parking on footpaths and verges.
§ Mrs. Chalker
Implementation of section 7 has been deferred because representatives of local authorities and the police tell us that they are not yet in a position to undertake the work necessary to implement and enforce a footway parking ban. However, it is important to realise that it is already an offence to drive on footways, to park heavy commercial vehicles on footways, to park on154W footways in roads where yellow line waiting restrictions are in force, and to leave a vehicle in a dangerous or obstructive position.