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2-wheels-ON/OFF Parking in Maghull+Lydiate
Parking badly is anti-social, but it is apparent that a lot of car drivers & pedestrians do not know the specific pavement-parking laws (which are different depending on where you live) so hopefully this guide to be of assistance to all.
1st: Anyone can own a vehicle ~ but that vehicle MUST be TAXed AND INSURED at all times (unless exempt or SORNed). If a vehicle is used or parked on the road it MUST be TAXed, INSURED and ALSO have a VALID M.O.T. ~ Failure to do so can result in your vehicle being seized and possibly crushed.
FACT: In Sefton; Leaving a vehicle parked partly or wholly on the pavement is NOT, in itself, breaking the law.
FACT: "Causing an unnecessary obstruction" to pedestrians, to those with baby buggies, to wheelchair / mobility-scooter usersor to those with visual impairments IS an offence and "could result in a fixed penalty notice being issued". www.merseyside.police.uk
FACT: Driving ON or ALONG the pavement IS an offence, so if you cause an obstruction you could end up with 2 fines!
[As a guide; The standardised minimum acceptable width for wheelchair use of smooth & level passageways is 900mm or a 3' x 2' pavement flag ~ don't forget about door mirrors, street furniture and overhanging hedges]
FACT: Homeowners do not have the right to park outside their own house, but they do have the right 'to access their driveway' ACROSS the pavement, but only IF they have a Council-approved dropped curb.
FACT: Blocking someone's dropped curb is "causing an unnecessary obstruction" and could result in a fixed penalty notice being issued. Homeowners; if your car is on your driveway and is 'blocked-in' when you need to leave, the Police can tow the offending vehicle.
Fees to owners of towed vehicles are set by the Government. They are currently up to £150 for recovery and £20/day storage.
But driversódo be reasonableódonít force our Council to blanket-ban pavement parking!
The Department for Transport gave all councils in England permission to do this in February 2011 (see: www.dft.gov.uk/news/press-releases/dft-press-20110221)
The Highway Code No. 244
Whenever you park; please fold-in your mirrors to reduce their impact on pedestrians :)
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