Go to navigation

Parked cars on pavements put children at risk

Date: 08/02/2008           Category: Highways Traffic and Parking

Cars inconsiderately parked on the pavements of Maidstone Road, Rochester, are endangering children and parents walking to and from school or crossing the road, Medway Council has warned. The road serves two schools: Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School and Rochester Girls Grammar School. A further three schools are located nearby: Delce Junior School, St William of Perth RC and Thomas Aveling School. As a result, nearly 4000 pupils aged from as young as five are all travelling to or from school at the same time. Medway Council Road Safety Team and Parking Services are urging drivers to leave their cars at home, or park in an appropriate safe location, to make crossing the road safer for all road users, particularly schoolchildren. Principal Road Safety Officer Su Negus said: “The cars block the view of the pavement, meaning that drivers are unable to see people wishing to cross - especially children - who are often completely hidden by the cars. “Similarly, pedestrians have little room to walk on the pavement and are unable to see oncoming traffic clearly without stepping out dangerously between parked cars. This puts everyone in a very vulnerable situation. “We would advise drivers to go green and leave their cars at home, or if this isn’t possible, to park in a safe and considerate area." Rubena Hafizi, Medway Council Parking Manager, said: “We urge drivers to follow and not park partially or wholly on the pavement unless signs permit it. “Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, the visually impaired and people with prams or pushchairs. “One of the council’s top priorities is that people should be able to travel easily and safely in Medway.” Rule 218 of the Highway Code is: Do not park partially or wholly on the pavement unless signs permit it. Under section 19 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) are banned from parking on the pavement, although section 19 is subject to a number of exemptions: in particular, an HGV may be parked on the pavement when loading/unloading is taking place.