Sidmouth drivers warned not to park on pavements

MOTORISTS in Sidmouth and across Devon are being warned they could endanger lives by parking on pavements.

MOTORISTS in Sidmouth and across Devon are being warned they could endanger lives by parking on pavements.

Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police have issued the warning, and police neighbourhood teams are handing out warning leaflets and, in some cases, taking the registration number of offenders' vehicles.

They say parking on pavements is illegal and can put pedestrians, wheelchair and pushchair users at risk if they are forced into the road.

Where no waiting or loading notices are in force in marked bays, such as disabled bays, drivers can be issued with a penalty charge notice by civil enforcement officers.

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However, those causing an obstruction will be dealt with by the police.

Offenders face up to a �30 fine and the removal of their vehicle. They could also be charged for repairing damaged paths and service cables.

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Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC's cabinet member for Highways and Transportation, said: "Pavements are for pedestrians not vehicles.

"Not only is this anti-social but it can seriously endanger people's safety, which all motorists must realise.

"It can also end up causing damage to pavements which aren't designed to take the weight of vehicles, and ends up adding to the county's highway maintenance costs."

Police Chief Inspector Andrew Tomlinson, said: "Neighbourhood policing is about dealing with the issues that are important to communities and have an adverse impact on people's day to day lives.

"When consulting the public, inconsiderate and dangerous parking is one of the most frequently raised concerns.

"It is our aim to improve standards of driving and parking through advice and education wherever practical, but enforcement powers will also be used where necessary."

You can be fined up to �1,000 for driving along the pavement.

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