HC Deb 03 December 2002 vol 395 cc665-6W
Mrs. Gillan

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will introduce adoptive powers to make it an offence to allow vehicles to be parked on verges and footpaths; [85170]

(2) if he will bring into force section 19a of the Road Traffic Act 1988 to make it an offence for motor vehicles, other than heavy commercial vehicles, to park on verges and footways or the land between carriageways on any urban road. [85171]

Mr. Jamieson

Section 19A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 was repealed by the Road Traffic Act 1991.

We are not in favour of a national ban on pavement parking for the reasons given in our response to recommendation [e viii] of the Walking in Towns and Cities report of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee (Cm 5277). Parking on pavements and verges is a problem that should be tackled at local level using traffic regulation orders.

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