• Wed. Nov 16th, 2022

Motorists warned ahead of new driving law which could lead to £70 parking error fines

ByElla E. Kidwell

Feb 1, 2022

If passed on by the government, drivers could be given a notice of a fixed £70 fine simply for parking on the street. Drivers can choose to park on a curb to avoid blocking a narrow road or just for convenience they could risk a £70 charge.

A quarter of motorists said they were unsure of the rules around parking on the sidewalks.

The curb parking law is just one of many new driving laws coming into effect this year, and drivers who don’t obey could face both a Penalty Notice (PCN) and points on their license.

While some drivers might think curbside parking is just a minor infraction, sidewalks are there to provide a safe path for pedestrians.

When the sidewalk is blocked, pedestrians may be forced to use the road to bypass vehicles – and that’s a safety risk.

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“Current on-street parking laws can be quite confusing, which is why it is sometimes difficult to prosecute drivers.

“With consultations underway for England and Wales, Scotland already pioneering the path to big change, drivers should be wary of changes that could come into effect sooner rather than later.

“Councils will be given greater responsibility and penalties could be issued.

“The curbside parking laws are just one of many new driving laws coming into effect this year, with the safety of road users at the forefront of each.”

Rule 239 of the Highway Code states: “When using an electric vehicle charging station, you must park near the charging station and avoid creating a tripping hazard for pedestrians by trailing cables.

“Post a warning sign if you can. After using the charging station, you must carefully replace the cables and charging connectors to minimize the danger for pedestrians and avoid creating an obstacle for other road users.

Some changes are still pending for England and Wales, although local councils are expected to have more authority over fines for drivers.

Parking on pavements is already illegal in London and some other parts of the UK.

The Scottish rulings are due to come into force in 2023.