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Motorists urged to become more responsible parkers
5:00pm Saturday 9th February 2013 in Local
A DUDLEY Guide dog owner is urging motorists to become more responsible when parking their cars.
A poll commissioned by the Guide Dogs charity found 58 per cent of all West Midlands drivers admit to parking on the pavement, but don’t think of the danger they pose to people with sight loss.
The charity is now calling on all councils in the country to ban pavement parking and make the streets safer for everyone.
Guide dog owner, Karl Denning, said: “Parking of vehicles on pavement is a constant problem around Dudley. I have been in contact with my MP Ian Austin regarding the matter, he has written to both Dudley Council and West Midlands Police. The council has said even though they control parking control they state it is a road traffic offence. West Midlands Police have said they will deal with it on a case by case issue.
“So far I have injured my knee trying to get between two parked cars overhanging and parked on pavement close to my home.
“I have always thought it would be a good idea to get police and council to do a blindfold walk.”
Tony Cook, Engagement Manager for the Guide Dogs’ Shrewsbury Mobility Team, said: “Cars parked on pavements are an everyday nightmare for blind and partially sighted people, as well as other vulnerable pedestrians. Imagine how terrifying it is to step into a road when you can’t see on-coming traffic. Too often people with sight loss are forced out into busy roads because an inconsiderate motorist has blocked the pavement. It’s an unwanted barrier to the freedom and independence a guide dog brings.