BE WARNED – if you regularly park on pavements you might soon find yourself on the end of tougher action.
A drive to tackle pavement parking in Kirklees is to be discussed by the council’s cabinet next Tuesday.
One suggestion is for people who persistently park on pavements, blocking access for pedestrians, to be reported to the police.
A spokeswoman for Kirklees Council said: “Pavements blocked by parked vehicles can cause danger to pedestrians, wheelchair users and those using pushchairs where they are forced to step into the road to avoid the obstruction.
“Driving on and off the pavement can also cause damage to kerbstones and pavement flags.
“The Government has asked councils to look at implementing their powers to tackle pavement parking. However, this could be costly with hundreds more road signs needed to enforce it, adding to pavement clutter which Kirklees Council is already trying to reduce.
“Tackling pavement parking where nuisance is being caused is therefore being proposed rather than a new system requiring signs.”
It could mean civil parking enforcement officers issuing penalty charge notices if vehicles park on pavements where there are existing restrictions such as yellow lines, loading areas and dropped crossings.
Warning notices will also be issued where the parking causes a nuisance, even if there are no restrictions, and the vehicle details will be recorded in the council’s parking database.
The council is also looking at rolling out a programme across all Kirklees wards to tackle particular vehicles causing persistent problems.
They will use powers to issue two warnings to repeat offenders before reporting the issue to the police, who will then be able to issue fixed penalty notices for ‘wilful’ or ‘dangerous’ obstruction.
The report, to be presented to cabinet members, adds: “The police have been consulted on this initiative and acknowledge the importance of working closer together to tackle issues of this nature. They note that this should form part of closer working relationships currently being developed as part of the uniformed services review and smarter neighbourhood working.”
Kirklees Council says that residents will be able to continue to report pavement parking abuse as they do now and will need to provide the location and vehicle details.