A proposed clampdown on pavement parking has been welcomed by Brighton and Hove City Council which said that it currently lacked the power to tackle the problem properly.
The council said: “At present, it’s only illegal to park on pavements in London, with those caught being hit with a £75 fine.
“But with the problem escalating in Brighton and Hove, and the number of complaints rising, the council has thrown its weight behind the plans to force the government into action.
“The all-party Commons Transport Committee has called on the government to ban pavement parking across the UK saying it’s ‘deeply concerned about the government’s failure to act’.
“The committee has produced a damning report which includes written evidence from the council on the problems Brighton and Hove faces.
“The report states that some drivers may get confused about the different rules and regulations.”
The council’s written evidence was compiled by parking strategy and contract manager Paul Nicholls, who is also a member of the PATROL (Parking and Traffic Regulations Outside London) advisory board member.
The evidence said: “Pavement parking has been a long-running issue in Brighton and Hove which we have been unable to resolve with the enforcement powers currently available to us.
“If we’re given the powers to take enforcement action against pavement parking, we can make the rules and restrictions clear for everyone to ensure pavements aren’t blocked and pedestrians are safe.”
Councillor Anne Pissaridou, who chairs the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said: “Banning drivers from parking on our pavements is something that’s very long overdue.
“People that park on our footpaths have absolutely no regard or respect for anyone but themselves.
“They think nothing of blocking the pavement which makes it both hazardous and dangerous for pedestrians but especially for people who are visually impaired, wheelchair users, people with children’s buggies and those in disabled mobility scooters.”
The council said that the London ban had been in place since 1974. But, it said, consecutive governments had failed to give the same powers to councils in any other part of the country – including Brighton and Hove.
Councillor Pissaridou added: “Despite the council receiving many complaints about these thoughtless drivers, there is nothing we can do about it.
“Now, hopefully the government will listen to the Transport Committee and give us, and every local authority in the UK, the powers to take action against these drivers.”