I'm fed up with drivers parking their cars on pavement near my house – someone's going to get hurt

FRUSTRATED residents say they are fed up with drivers parking on the pavement saying someone will get hurt.

While at the moment it is not illegal, new penalties set to be introduced in the upcoming months could see drivers fined £70 for parking on pavements.

Under the new plans, drivers will be slapped with fines even if they aren't on double yellow lines.

And locals say they can't wait for the new laws as they say the current situation is not fair on wheelchair users, the elderly, dog walkers and those with prams.

Many also fear the situation might cause a "nasty accident."

Julie Hall, 67, retired from Mapperley, said: "Someone's going to get hurt and I'd hate for that to happen or for any animals to get injured."

"Those who park like that should be fined, it's such a busy road with many people walking by all the time.

"Can you imagine a wheelchair user having to struggle to wheel around a parked car that shouldn't be there.

"I hope the issue gets resolved soon before someone does have a nasty accident."

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Ronald Finch, 73, retired from Mapperley has said that even with fines, people may still park there.

"There should be yellow lines all along this road, sometimes, the bus
can't get through," he said.

"[Even with fines] Drivers will still park there. Sometimes, I have to
walk round the cars to get through but you just have to be careful."

Jeff Holmes, 68, retired from Carlton added: "It's not fair, people should be considerate.

"There's buggies, wheelchair users and people like me that are a bit slow. It's not good enough, people who are doing this should be ashamed of themselves, they can clearly see their blocking the way."

While another resident highlighted that pavement parking is an issue on side streets too.

Pavement parking is an issue nationwide but Nottingham City Council don’t currently have any powers to enforce against it.

The Department for Transport (DfT) proposals say one advantage of a nationwide ban would be in establishing a “general rule” that drivers could follow.

Under one possibility, traffic signs and bay markings would show drivers where pavement parking was still allowed and local authorities would be able to introduce some exemptions.

However, the report warned the update would be the “most significant change” to parking law in decades.

It is also expected councils would need to undertake a substantial amount of work to prepare for the changes.

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