PCSP support Parking Plea
12 October 2018
Antrim and Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is asking motorists to respect everyone when choosing a place to park their vehicles.
Chair of Antrim and Newtownabbey PCSP, Councillor Noreen McClelland commented; “There are many different people who use our roads and pavements, we are simply asking that everyone is mindful of others when parking their vehicles. Many of these users have different needs or abilities and illegal or inconsiderate parking does not only clog up the roads causing delays and frustration, but might also prevent someone with a disability or with a pram from using the pavement. It can pose a real danger for someone who may have to enter the open road from the pavement or drivers may have to swerve into oncoming traffic to pass any obstruction.”
Councillor McClelland continues; “Even parking inappropriately for a short time to pop into the local shop or drop the kids off to school can cause real problems for other users. I would encourage everyone to park appropriately and be respectful of other road and pavement users”.
The PCSP plea coincides with a regional campaign and ‘day of action’ on Friday 12 October 2018 between Guide Dogs NI, The Cedar Foundation and the PSNI, which is raising awareness on pavement parking.
Whilst it is not illegal to park on the pavement, provided there are no restrictions such as double yellow lines, it becomes an issue when the pavement is obstructed or a dropped kerb or driveway is blocked. In cases like this, police can issue a fixed penalty notice, as well as potentially have the vehicle towed away. The advice is allow at least 1.5 metres for pavement users to pass. For more information visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/parking-enforcement