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New pavement parking laws are being considered by the Government and could see a national ban brought into effect within months. The Department for Transport has said it would extend the existing London-wide parking ban to the whole country to cut down on kerb stopping.

This new rule could have a devastating effect on families with rule-breakers fined up to £70 each even if they have stopped directly outside their house.

Mark Tongue, Director of Select Car Leasing said a nationwide ban was “100 percent needed” but claimed more information was needed.

He warned there were “no clear guidelines” if drivers could not park on their own drives and were forced to stop on the street.

This is more of a problem for larger families with possibly both mum and dad owning cars as well as an older child.

He said: “A pavement parking ban is 100 percent needed nationwide – anything that puts pedestrians at an increased risk requires action.

“However, the information given so far is slightly confusing for drivers.

“At the moment, there are no clear guidelines for those who park on the pavement due to having no room on their own drive.

“Most households have more than one car, so it will be interesting to see where motorists are expected to park if not on the pavement outside their homes.

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“Clear guidance is required for drivers so they know the correct location to park in order to avoid a fine.”

The DfT said if a national ban was introduced, there would be no exemptions for Blue Badge holders and businesses except for short-term delivery firms.

Exceptions would be granted for emergency service vehicles or highway maintenance vehicles.

The DfT said the scheme would establish a general rule against pavement parking except where there are specific permissions.

They said motorists would benefit from a consistent rule which would be easy to follow and not based on local areas.

However, they warn the new rules would be the “most significant change” to parking law in several decades.

This would require each local authority to commit to a “substantial amount of work” to prepare for it.

One authority has estimated the cost of introducing the scheme at around £670,000 to implement.

Meanwhile, the DfT warns a national scheme may be “inappropriate” for rural areas where parking on the path can be safer than blocking a road.

The DfT said scenes should be self-financing and local authorities cannot use parking schemes to raise extra revenue.

Any money generated from the project would be spent on local public transport schemes, road improvements and reducing pollution.

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