- Can you park on the pavement? (Pereira v Traffic Adjudicators)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
Local Government analysis: Dr Pereira was given a parking ticket for parking her car on her own land, a strip of tarmac outside her front hedge and adjacent to the council owned footway. Parking on the pavement has been illegal in London since 1974 under section 15 of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1974. It is due to be illegal in Scotland from 2021 under section 50 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019, but in the rest of the UK, regulations are left to local traffic authorities. Dr Pereira parked her car next to her garden hedge (the ‘hedge strip’) and also owned land right up to the middle of what appears to be the footway (the ‘middle strip’). Written by Alastair Frew, head of Commercial Property, at Lodders Solicitors LLP.
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