Pavement parking management research report

Publisher:Department for Transport
Publication type:Instructional
Published date: 10 October 2006
Mode/topic:Roads, Local authorities, Parking


This report presents case studies of British local authorities outside London who have dealt with pavement parking in a variety of ways. These measures include the use of public awareness campaigns, physical measures and pavement parking ban zones. Clearly pavement parking forms one element of parking management and in some of the case studies featured, measures for dealing with pavement parking are encompassed within a wider Transport Plan. In other cases, the problems caused by pavement parking have been dealt with in isolation.

Currently there is no nationwide ban on pavement parking due to the wide range of circumstances and locations where pavement parking occurs. Therefore local authorities outside London may only regulate pavement parking through the implementation of specific Traffic Regulation Orders. In London, pavement parking is banned under the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1974. The police are able to regulate pavement parking, but only when a vehicle is deemed to be causing an obstruction.

In some locations, the implementation of waiting restrictions and the subsequent enforcement of these restrictions can deter pavement parking, although the use of waiting restrictions has not been highlighted in the case studies.

Note: For the purpose of this report, the term “pavement” is used to describe all areas that might be referred to as either the “pavement”, “verge”, “footpath” or “footway”.

Note: The case studies included within this report are examples of the measures taken by local authorities to deal with pavement parking, and the Department for Transport does not endorse these case studies as necessarily being of good practice on the basis of their inclusion within this report.

Case studies