Po­lice un­aware of their pow­ers over park­ing

Derby Telegraph - - LETTERS -

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

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