Vehicles parked on pavements can be a hazard because:
it causes an obstruction to pedestrians, who may have to step off the pavement onto the road, putting themselves in danger
it restricts the width of the pavement, making it difficult for someone with a pushchair or wheelchair to pass safely
it can damage the pavement and grass verges (the Council has a responsibility to keep the roads and footpaths safe to use, so illegally parked vehicles cost the Council thousands of pounds a year in damaged paving and grass verges)
What can be done
If there are waiting restrictions (yellow lines) on the road next to the pavement, a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) may be issued by the Enforcement Contractor acting on behalf of the Council.
If there are no waiting restrictions (yellow lines) on the road next to the pavement, the Police could charge the offending motorist with obstruction.
In areas where there are persistent pavement parking problems, the Council could consider installing bollards at the kerb edge. This would be subject to investigating the problem.
The Council does not have any enforcement powers against pavement parking, so cannot take any legal action.
To speak to us about pavement parking, call the Parking team on 0191 424 7900 (Monday to Thursday, 9am - 4.30pm and Friday, 9am to 4pm).