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Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant supports Guide Dogs for the Blind campaign to ban pavement parking

Lichfield’s MP has urged people to think twice about parking their cars on their pavement after a new campaign was launched.

Guide Dogs for the Blind has called for rules in London – where it is already an offence – to be made standard practice elsewhere in the country.

Michael Fabricant with representatives from Guide Dogs for the Blind

Michael Fabricant with representatives from Guide Dogs for the Blind

Michael Fabricant was among those who attended an event at the Houses of Parliament where the charity outlined their case. They heard how one owner considered giving up his guide dog because of the obstructions he faced when out and about.

The Lichfield MP said he recognised some of the reasons cars might park on pavements but said pedestrians should take priority.

“I do understand that sometimes with narrow streets in our area, it is necessary to park on the pavement,” he said. “But I would like people to think twice about doing this in future.

“It should be the exception, not the rule – the roads are for cars and cycles, the pavements should be for pedestrians.

“I have received a number of messages from people in Lichfield regarding this.”

Guide Dogs for the Blind wants comprehensive laws introduced across the UK, with pavement parking only permitted in areas where councils grant an exemption.

James White, the charity’s campaigns manager, said: “Cars parked on pavements blight the lives of people living with sight loss and other vulnerable road users including wheelchair users and parents with buggies or prams.

“Imagine how frightening it must be to step out into a busy road when you can’t see on-coming traffic, or you have your young child with you.

“We want to stop people from being forced into the road and we call on all parties to support a new law on pavement parking.”

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