Call for crackdown on Isle of Wight pavement parking (updated)

Cllr Ian Ward is hoping the Leader will be able to call on the Government to give the Isle of Wight council enforcement powers to deal with pavement parking issues

van parked on pavement - blocking access

The Isle of Wight Council’s transport chief is calling for a crackdown on pavement parking.

Cllr Ian Ward, the cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, wants local obstruction enforcement powers.

Currently, the Department for Transport (DfT) is holding a consultation for ways in which to tackle pavement parking, with one final option seeing all pavement parking prohibited, like in Greater London.

Inherent dangers to pedestrians
Although the DfT concedes many of the towns and cities in the country were not designed to accommodate high levels of traffic, which leads to pavement parking, it says there are inherent dangers for all pedestrians, with particular difficulties for those with sight or mobility difficulties and those with prams.

Local authorities do manage their own road networks to reduce congestion and disruption while also having specific powers for parking enforcement, rather than the police, such as setting restrictions to parking within specific areas by Traffic Regulation Orders and issuing penalty charge notices.

Unable to enforce
The offence of unnecessary obstruction of the highway, including in situations where obstructive parking on the pavement is deemed avoidable, is however dealt with under criminal law by the police, and local authorities are unable to enforce against them.

The consultation proposes three options to the pavement parking problem: rely on improvements to the traffic management system; allow local authorities to enforce against unnecessary pavement obstructions or to get rid of pavement parking altogether.

A difficult and contentious subject to address
Discussing the issue at the neighbourhoods and regeneration policy and scrutiny committee, the Isle of Wight Council did not support getting rid of pavement parking, but a mixture of improving the traffic order systems and enforcement powers.

Members of the committee agreed in some of the Island’s narrow roads, parking on the pavement meant the road was clear, but it would be a very difficult and contentious subject to address.

Request to deal with locally
Cllr Ward has submitted a motion to full council to request the leader write to the appropriate government minister to request obstruction enforcement powers for the parking team ‘to deal with the situation locally, without having to rely on the police who have enough to do already’.

In his motion, Cllr Ward said:

“This council is concerned about the dangers of pavement parking causing problems for sight-impaired residents, disabled residents, pram and pushchair users and mobility scooter users as well as the general public and wants to address the situation on the Island.”

The change in power could mean parking enforcement officers, who give out tickets and fines, would be able to add penalty points to a driver’s licence where dangerous parking has taken place.

The motion will be voted on at the next full council meeting on Wednesday, 18th November from 5pm.

Article edit
2.50pm 18th Nov 2020 – Image changed to IW example

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12 Comments on "Call for crackdown on Isle of Wight pavement parking (updated)"

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There are situations where parking on the pavement is desirable but that’s not a good enough reason and a great number of drivers always park on the pavement what ever the road conditions. there is a whole host of reasons not to park on the pavement and non for parking on the footpath. If the road is not wide enough It is not designed for leaving vehicles… Read more »
Benny C
Meanwhile Councillor Ward remained eerily silent about a brand new chain ferry that which has been parked up for weeks at a time, a chain ferry he was supposed to be accountable for delivering, which has been a mismanaged disaster costing islanders literally millions. Another older ferry he agreed should be sold on the same islanders behalf Sold for just £7000, It actually worked better than the… Read more »

The situation with pavement parking is getting worse as no penalties are imposed. Pedestrians sometimes have to walk onto busy main roads.
Recently parking on zebra crossings seems the normal thing to do. Especially done by delivery drivers


The Ramblers have a draft letter for sending in to the Department of Transport which you can alter if you wish –


Do you have a link please for getting the draft letter?

Sally Perry

You can find it on the Ramblers Website

The normal approach before a council moves to change the enforcement position on pavement parking across the whole of its authority is to review on street parking to identify those areas where pavement parking is both unavoidable and relatively safe, and then to mark up those areas with “wheel up parking allowed” signs (a little blue and white sign with a picture of a car with two… Read more »

There is a national campaign about Pavement Parking organised by the charity ‘Living Streets’, including a ‘Day of Action’ tomorrow (18th November). You can access their campaign/petition and the Government Consulation here:

THere are places where parking on the pavement (at least partially) is fine. Some guidance on a minimum gap (1.5m?) or signage saying where it is allowed would help. I tend to get more annoyed with people parking across dropped kerbs. When you have a pushchair it’s a pain and it’s normally next to a junction. Sadly, I fear this is just another way to extract money… Read more »
Rhos yr Alarch

I wonder if the fact a mainland photo has been chosen for this story, indicates pavement parking is not much of a problem on the Island…?

Sally Perry

The photo was chosen because we don’t have access to any copyright free images of it occurring on the Island. I could of course leave the office and drive around the Island seeking out examples, but that’s not a good use of my already busy schedule. As I have mentioned many times, the image is used for illustrative purposes.

Sally Perry

Thanks to OnTheWight reader Benjamin Tonner, who saw my comment and shared his photo of Isle of Wight pavement parking, titled ‘oxymoron’. Cheers Ben.