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Guide Dogs Backs Proposed Pavement Parking Law

07 July 2014
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UK - A bill calling for a ban on pavement parking was read out in Parliament last week as Guide Dogs fights to make our streets safer for people with sight loss.

Martin Harwood MP is taking up Guide Dogs' campaign and tabling a Private Members Bill at the House of Commons which proposes a law banning pavement parking in England and Wales.

Guide Dogs' campaigns manager James White said: "Parking on the pavement poses a real danger to people with sight loss and other vulnerable road users including wheelchair users and parents with buggies or prams.

"Imagine how frightening it must be to have to step out into a busy road when you can't see on-coming traffic, or you have your young child with you.

"We want parking on the pavement to be banned and we fully support Mr Horwood's efforts to make this law."

A YouGov survey by Guide Dogs earlier this year found that 54 per cent of drivers admit to parking on the pavement, of which 17 per cent are doing it once a week or more.

A further YouGov survey found that 69 per cent of the public support the proposed change in the law.

After its first Reading in Parliament, the bill will be allocated a day when it will be debated by all MPs.

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