Work is to start in the new year cracking down on pavement parking in parts of Liverpool.
A list of hotspot wards where drivers place their vehicles inconsiderately regularly has been drawn up with the help of councillors and staff to help prioritise areas where action needs to be taken.
The areas are:
• St Michaels
• Old Swan
• West Derby
The city council is to secure an experimental Traffic Regulation Order to give it the powers to prevent parking on pavements on roads where there aren’t already double yellow lines.
The work will be carried out by an enhanced team of Civil Enforcement Officers, with the number set to increase by a third – up from 43 to 60.
Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member for highways, said: “Pavement parking makes life extremely difficult for wheelchair users, parents using buggies and prams and puts pedestrians in danger.
“We have been doing a lot of preparatory work looking at where the problems to make sure we target the right areas and have the maximum impact.
“Our ambition is to eventually be able to cover all areas of the city where there are issues, but we want to trial it in some areas and then gradually build up so we aren’t spreading ourselves too thinly.
“We aren’t going to be rigid about ward boundaries and if there are areas of overlap we will target them too.
“But this doesn’t mean a free for all elsewhere as we will still be targeting other known problem areas in Liverpool.
“We know the public want us to act and by increasing this team we can minimise the confrontations, disruption, inconvenience and upset these practices cause.
“It’s important to stress that we won’t be targeting those narrow terraced streets where pavement parking is required to maintain access for emergency service vehicles, such as fire engines.”
The enhanced team will be supplemented by a new team of five Permit Officers who will be hired to specifically tackle the fraudulent misuse of the Blue Badge scheme and illegal selling of residential permits. This will free up much needed space for people with disabilities, and reduce the fraudulent use of pay and display bays by people misusing the blue badge scheme simply to avoid paying for their parking.