Bryony Houlden, Chief Executive, South West Councils
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Councils call for powers to ban pavement parking
Council chiefs have called for laws banning pavement parking in London to be rolled out across the country in order to crack down on motorists endangering lives.
The Local Government Association (LGA) said all councils need extra flexibility to introduce bans if needed to free up congested pavements and stop pedestrians being forced onto the road.
The ban on pavement parking has been in place in the capital for 40 years. Under existing measures, motorists are barred from pavement parking unless expressly permitted by a London council.
Outside of the capital local authorities can use existing Traffic Regulation Orders to ban pavement parking on certain roads, but it is a time-consuming, expensive and bureaucratic process.