I am delighted to have been given a star on Guide Dogs’ pavement parking Walk of Fame for supporting the charity’s campaign to stop cars parking on pavements.
Guide Dogs’ held an event recently at the Houses of Parliament and it was great to attend to show my support for their campaign. The charity wants people living with sight loss to feel confident and independent when they are out and about, and believes that vehicles parked on pavements put people living with sight loss in danger.
The event highlighted the problems faced daily by guide dog owners who are being forced to walk into the road to avoid cars blocking their path. I heard from one guide dog owner who had even considered giving up his guide dog because of the constant obstructions he faced when out and about.
Pavement parking is already an offence in London, but the rules in the rest of the country are complex and patchy, leaving drivers uncertain of where they can and cannot park. Guide Dogs is calling for the introduction of comprehensive laws across the UK, which will outlaw pavement parking, but allow local councils to grant an exemption in areas where pavement parking is unavoidable.
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. That’s why I support a new law on pavement parking.