Liverpool Council to seek further powers to combat pavement parking

Liverpool Council will contact the government to request further powers to tackle a problem that “blights everyone’s lives”.

Cars being left on the pavement has proven to be a continual major issue around the city. Selfish drivers have been seen leaving their vehicles across pathways and pedestrian areas, causing dangers and disruption for people – especially those with disabilities and parents with prams.

Despite enforcement being tightened around problem parkers throughout Liverpool, the city council has been urged to go further to seek more power to end the issue of cars being dumped in the way.

For some time now the local authority has promised to crack down on the issue and has been hiring more enforcement officers to fine offenders. Campaigners have regularly taken to social media to highlight the hotspot areas – particularly in the city centre – where cars are being left inconsiderately

New figures provided to Liverpool Council’s sustainable, safe, and thriving neighbourhoods committee revealed more than 100,000 drivers were slapped with a fine for poor parking across Liverpool in the last nine months of 2023. The data confirmed that in last December alone, 17,000 motorists were sanctioned for parking offences across the city. 

Amid new traffic cameras being installed at two points in the city centre, a large number of drivers continue to be found in contravention of the local authority’s parking regulations.

Despite this, people continue to leave their vehicles where they are not permitted. 

In November, it was suggested the installation of additional electric vehicle charging points could bring troublesome pavement parking to an end. Discussions are also being held around the possible establishment of a secure pound where the vehicles of persistent offenders could be seized and taken to. 

It is understood the local authority is having conversations with a number of companies who could supply staff and vehicles to carry out these duties, although talks are said to be at a very early stage. There have also been conversations with the council’s enforcement agents about potential joint action days where vehicles of persistent offenders could be seized.

Cllr Dan Barrington, cabinet member for transport and connectivity, said: “Clamping down on inconsiderate parking is a priority for this administration. “There’s a lot more work to do but we’re confident things are moving forward.

The Yew Tree ward member said education was required alongside enforcement, adding, “We need to change people’s attitudes, we know they don’t care or don’t worry about being caught.”

Cllr William Shortall, a wheelchair user, said problem parking “blights everyone’s lives”. Cllr Kris Brown, who suggested the move with electric charging points may alleviate the issue, encouraged Cllr Barrington to contact the government to ask for additional powers.

The Labour group deputy leader agreed to the committee’s request to contact Whitehall to strengthen the council’s hand.

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