§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether, in view of the danger and difficulties being caused to the blind by persons parking their cars, vans and other vehicles on the pedestrian pavements, the leaving of black plastic bags of rubbish on the pavements and other such impediments to free and unopposed walking traffic, he will consider introducing some method, if need be by general legislation, to prevent walking pavements being so obstructed.
§ Mrs. Chalker:
My Department's plans to discourage such obstruction will be emphasised through television publicity, and a leaflet will be distributed with all vehicle licence renewal reminders. These draw special attention to the difficulties footway parking can cause for blind people. We are working closely with the National Federation of the Blind and other organisations, and recently held a seminar for blind people to discuss conditions on pavements 'with representatives of local authorities, the police, motorists and others. Wilful obstruction of any part of the highway is an offence under section 137 of the Highways Act 1980.