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PPowers to ban pavement parking should be extended to the whole of England, at least that is the view of a report published by councils last week.

Wheelchair users, older people and parents with strollers are among those at risk of having to navigate vehicles mounted on pavements, a study commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) warns.

The investigation found that some vehicles cause “a complete obstruction to someone walking or rolling”, meaning they have “no option but to enter the carriageway to continue their journey”.

London is currently the only area in England where parking on pavements is prohibited.

RAC head of policy Simon Williams said: “Peak parking is at best inconvenient and at worst dangerous for pedestrians and those in wheelchairs, but in England there is still a big question about if and when controls will ever be introduced.

“Rather than an outright ban, we believe it would be more effective if local authorities had enforcement powers to prevent unnecessary obstructions to footpaths. “This avoids the need to inspect all of your roads to determine where exemptions should be made.”

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