Liverpool is taking a unique approach to address the issue of troublesome pavement parking by focusing on the installation of additional electric vehicle charging points. This move comes as the local authority looks to encourage more electric vehicle use and transform its charging infrastructure.
Pavement parking has long been a major problem in the city, with selfish drivers leaving their vehicles on pathways and pedestrian areas, causing hazards and inconvenience for people, especially those with disabilities and parents with prams. However, the introduction of street-based charging points could potentially help put an end to this issue, according to suggestions from opposition members.
The city currently operates 16 electric vehicle charging points, but the new strategy aims to consider the future demand for on-street charging, fast chargers, and charging hubs. By expanding the number of charging points available, the hope is to make it more convenient for electric vehicle owners to charge their vehicles, discouraging them from parking illegally on pavements.
The design of Liverpool’s streets has contributed to the problem of pavement parking, as they were not originally built to accommodate the significant increase in cars over the years. To address this, the local authority has been taking measures to crack down on offenders by hiring more enforcement officers and exploring the establishment of a secure pound for seized vehicles.
However, the lack of enforcement powers has been a frustration for the council. Currently, the police hold these powers, making it difficult for the council to take immediate action. Discussions are underway to explore the possibility of joint action days with enforcement agents to seize vehicles belonging to persistent offenders.
While still in the early stages, the local authority is engaged in conversations with companies that could provide staff and vehicles for enforcement purposes. These discussions align with the council’s commitment to creating a sustainable, safe, and thriving community for all residents.
With this new strategy and increased focus on electric vehicle charging infrastructure, Liverpool aims to tackle pavement parking and create a more accessible and environmentally-friendly city for its residents.
1. What is pavement parking?
Pavement parking refers to the act of parking a vehicle on the pavement or sidewalk, obstructing pedestrian walkways.
2. Why is pavement parking a problem?
Pavement parking can pose hazards to pedestrians, particularly those with disabilities and parents with prams, as it forces them to navigate around vehicles on the pavement, potentially putting them at risk.
3. How will the installation of electric vehicle charging points help?
By increasing the availability of charging points, it is expected that electric vehicle owners will have more incentive to use them, reducing the need for illegal pavement parking.
– [Liverpool Echo](https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/installation-ev-charging-points-could-21931668)