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Should parking on the pavement be punishable?

Emma says she is often forced to cross busy roads to get to the other side. Credit: ITV News Central

A wheelchair user is calling for parking on the pavement to be made punishable. Emma Donaldson says she frequently struggles to get around cars that are parked on the pavement, meaning she has to cross busy roads or take alternative routes.

Ashfield District Council have told Emma that when the road is resurfaced they intend to put double yellow lines on one side of the road, but she still thinks that's not enough.

Since 1974, The Highway Code 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."

So parking a vehicle on the pavement is not illegal outside of London, but the laws surrounding the issue remain in a grey area.

Outside of London the Highway Code says that drivers "should" not park on the pavement, meaning this can be taken as advice, not law, and is therefore not backed by legislation.

However, the code also states you "MUST NOT" leave your vehicle or trailer in a dangerous position or where it causes any unnecessary obstruction of the road. That means if it's seen by police and considered to be causing unnecessary obstruction a parking fine could be given.

The actress is encouraging more people to raise awareness. Credit: PA Images

Coronation Street actress Cherylee Houston has also been highlighting the issue. Cherylee Houston has put a series of videos on Twitter showing how inaccessible the world can be for people with disabilities.

She has accompanied the posts showing her struggles with the hashtag "taking the dis", which has prompted other people with disabilities to share their stories:

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And it's not only vehicles that are causing an inconvenience to people in wheelchairs. Twitter users with mobility issues have used Cherylee's hashtag to report out of place road signs, a lack of lifts and bins that are also causing a nuisance.

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