UK Drivers Could Face Expensive Fine for Parking on the Pavement

April 18, 2016 Updated: April 18, 2016

In the United Kingdom, officials are looking into handing out expensive fines to drivers who park their vehicles on the curb.

The move would be designed to make for safer streets while encouraging people to walk.

Currently, motorists can’t park their vehicles on pavement in London, which has been in effect since the early 1970s, but Ministers might extend the ban across the U.K. 

They are considering a £70 ($99) fine.

And not everyone is pleased with the proposal.

“The concern would be that local authorities will be able to ban pavement parking without looking at the consequences – and without studying the alternatives,” AA president Edmund King told The Metro. “Getting rid of pavement parking is fine – but only if you then remove some of the redundant double-yellow lines in order to create space elsewhere.”

A spokesman from The Alliance of British Drivers added to the Telegraph: “You can’t have people blocking the pavement, but there are lots of places where the roads are just not wide enough for the traffic to flow backwards and forwards if they park on the road.”

Luke Bosdet, another spokesperson for the AA, said that it will cause more problems than solve.

“When you look at what has been happening over the last five to 10 years, where people haven’t been able to afford housing and have been living with their parents or rented houses with three or four working people living at the same address, it means there are more cars parked outside,” he told The Independent. “So if you’re going to look at a blanket ban on pavement parking, you’ve got to sort out your housing crisis,” he said.