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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 users or to those with visual impairments IS an offence and "could result in a fixed penalty notice being issued".

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:

The Highway Code No. 244

You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it.

Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.


Whenever you park; please fold-in your mirrors to reduce their impact on pedestrians  :)




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