Pavement parking

Illegally parked vehicles cost the council thousands of pounds a year in damaged paving, damaged grass verges, and cause serious problems for blind, disabled and older people.

What action does the Council take against pavement parking?

If there are yellow lines (waiting restrictions) on the highway adjacent to the pavement, then the council may issue a parking ticket (Penalty Charge Notice), because a vehicle parked in this manner is in contravention of the waiting restrictions. Waiting restrictions cover the entire highway from centre of highway to back of footpath (not just the carriageway).

Similarly, if bay markings are present then parking is only allowed within the area defined by the white lines (or other markings) and the kerb. Parking is not allowed on the pavement within those locations and the council may issue a parking ticket.

If a vehicle parks next to a dropped kerb, the council may issue a parking ticket without the need for any lines or signs to be present. However, please refer to our Icon for pdf parking enforcement guidelines [696.5KB] for more information about how we will normally deal with those situations.

In all other situations where no lines or signs are present, then the council normally has no powers to take action. If the vehicle is blocking the pavement, Northumbria Police should be contacted because that may constitutes an obstruction offence.

Why is pavement parking a problem?

Pavements are constructed and provided for pedestrian use.

Vehicles parked on pavements are:

  • a hazard to pedestrians causing an obstruction which may result in them having to step off the pavement onto the highway thus putting themselves in danger.
  • a hazard by restricting the width of the pavement making it difficult for someone with a pushchair or wheelchair; or a pedestrian with visual impairments, to pass safely - again this person may have to step into the highway to avoid the obstruction.
  • a hazard due to the damage caused by driving on and off the pavement - broken flags etc.

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