Police unaware of their powers over parking
I READ the report regarding selfish parking and cannot believe the lack of knowledge of the law displayed by the Derbyshire police staff.
They claim there is nothing they can do because they cannot prove obstruction, “Police criticise motorists over selfish parking but admit they are powerless” (October 11).
I suggest they look at Section 72 of the Highways Act 1835, which made it an offence to drive any vehicle onto a pavement set aside for foot passengers (pedestrians).
This provision has been updated in the Road Traffic Acts since 1972 to include motor vehicles, which were obviously not an issue in 1835.
Under the provision of this section there is no need to prove anything other than the vehicle being on the pavement.
Parking on the pavement is a problem that the police seem no longer willing to deal with, but compromises the safety of pedestrians who often have to walk on the road to avoid illegally parked vehicles.
I found that issuing a fixed penalty notice for the offence of driving onto the pavement tends to discourage motorists from doing so. David Payne, Spondon