Member of Parliament for South Leicestershire, Alberto Costa, has backed the new Pavement Parking campaign recently launched by the Guide Dogs Association for the Blind.
Following a survey launched by the Guide Dogs, in which 97% of blind or partially sighted people reported encountering problems with street obstructions, the charity is now calling for a national law to end problem pavement parking.
Alberto said, “I am very proud to back the Guide Dogs new campaign to end problem Pavement Parking. Cars parked on pavements can be dangerous obstacles for blind and partially sighted people, and there have even been instances where people have been forced into the road where people cannot see oncoming traffic. This is of course entirely unacceptable and something I should like the Government to take a much closer look at”.
Alberto added, “It is important to note that the Guide Dogs are not advocating a blanket ban on pavement parking, they, like I do, appreciate that parking on pavements is the only option for constituents living on terraced streets for instance, but it’s important that local authorities are given the discretion to implement parking restrictions where they see appropriate. I understand that the Department for Transport are currently looking into the Guide Dogs’ proposal on this, so I look forward to seeing their report and findings later this year”.