The Government is right to explore giving local authorities additional powers to stop people parking on pavements.

That’s the opinion of RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes who said: “Blocking pavements impacts most on those with disabilities and those pushing buggies and creates unnecessary danger for pedestrians. Nobody should be forced into stepping into the road to get around a vehicle that has taken up pavement space. 

“However, outlawing pavement parking as a whole is more complex because not all streets in the UK are the same. For example, some drivers will put a tyre up the kerb on a narrow residential street to avoid restricting road access to other vehicles while still allowing plenty of space for pedestrian access.

“Therefore better guidance and a definition of what is and isn’t appropriate would be a more practical solution, rather than an outright ban.”