Pavement Parking (Traffic Advisory Leaflet 4/93)

  • Published: Department for Transport, 1993
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 18 Apr 2013
  • Last Update: 18 Apr 2013
  • Format: pdf


Local authorities can use various physical measures to prevent or deter parking on the footway. The purpose of this leaflet is to describe these physical measures and to outline their good and bad points.


Description of physical measures.

Key Findings:

  • Parking on the footway can cause inconvenience to pedestrians. It can create hazards for visually impaired, disabled and elderly people or those with prams or pushchairs.

  • It may also cause damage to the kerb, the footway, or the services underneath. Repairing such damage can be costly and local authorities may face claims for compensation for injuries received resulting from damaged or defective footway.

  • The various physical measures described in this leaflet are however largely self-enforcing.

  • A variety of physical measures may be used to deter footway parking. The choice between these measures depends upon:

    • Desired effect;Location;

    • Funds available;

    • Safety factors;

    • Aesthetic considerations;

    • Access requirements; and,

    • Need to consider requirements of disabled people, and not cause obstacles to their movements.

  • Physical measures include:

    • Guard rails;

    • Bollards;

    • Amenity railings

    • Low railings;

    • Raised planters;

    • High kerbs;

    • Textured surfaces;

    • Formalised on street parking;

    • Traffic calming measures; and,

    • Street furniture.


Footway parking, self-enforcing, physical measures.


Outlines the different physical measures that can be used to deter footway parking, doesn’t specially mention whether these measures are effective.