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Parking Issues

By Gill Gray (Town Clerk/RFO) Westgate-on-Sea Town Council

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

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Did you know the Police have very limited powers over parking and it is now more a local authority issue?

Police will get involved with parking if vehicles are obstructing the local highway or footpath, but issues such as parking on double yellow lines or poor parking during school runs isn't something Police can deal with.

Did you also know parking on the pavement is not illegal outside of London? You can, however, still get a fine for doing so in some instances from Local Authorities. Since 1974, Highway Code rule 244 has stated that drivers "MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it."

The Highway Code states drivers should not park on the pavement, meaning it is advisory and not, therefore, backed up by any legislation. It is however illegal to 'drive elsewhere than a public highway'. For Police to enforce this, Police have to be at the location at the time of the driving onto the pavement, and only if the driver does not have a genuine reason for doing so, i.e. due to an RTC.

If you are having issues regarding parking especially during school pick up/dropping off times, then you should contact your local authority on:

www.thanet.gov.uk and follow the links for parking issues

Contact Information

Gill Gray (Town Clerk/RFO)

  • 01843 836182
  • 07487 494450

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