Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner has called for the Government to adopt proposals from Parliament’s Transport Committee, as residents in Cambridge are up in arms about poor parking in the city. As a member of the Transport Select Committee, he was one of the MPs behind the recent report on pavement parking, taking evidence from a range of organisations, and visiting areas with particular problems.
The Committee’s report, released this week, recommends a much simpler system than the current expensive and cumbersome Traffic Regulation Order process. In London, parking on the pavement has been banned for over 40 years, and organisations such as Guide Dogs have been pressing for a national ban.
Daniel Zeichner MP says “When I knock on doors in Cambridge, people raise parking with me as much as they raise Brexit. It’s a frustrating problem that really grinds people’s gears in the city. I hear from families with pushchairs who can’t use the pavements due to inconsiderate parking, and wheelchair users who can be obstructed completely by pavement parking. The Transport Select Committee has advocated the end of pavement parking in our latest report, so that people with access issues can still safely navigate our streets.“
“The Government has been dragging its feet on this issue for years. In 2015 I led for Labour on a Bill to stop Pavement Parking which was never made law as the Tory MP who put it forward withdrew it. Four years later, the Government still haven’t acted to sort out this problem despite promising to return to it. They haven’t even published a response to their consultation on ending pavement parking, which closed in 2015. They have simply kicked the issue into the long grass – which isn’t good enough for people who currently can’t use our pavements safely.“