AUTHORITIES in the county are being urged to address the issue of problem parkers in town centre streets.
Members of the Northumberland (Low Vision) Action Group (NAG) have called for action following a survey commissioned by charity Guide Dogs, which revealed that 63 per cent of drivers in the North East admit they park on the pavement.
In addition, almost half (48 per cent) who do so said they have not thought about the possible problems it causes to blind or partially sighted people.
NAG Secretary Bob Potter said: “Vehicles parking on the pavement are one of the main problems facing people with vision impairments when they are in town centres, and they hamper others too such as mothers with pushchairs.
“Quite often we have to walk on the road because they have all four wheels on the pavement. Some drivers don’t seem to care about their actions.
“The police should be taking more action when they are on patrol and the county council can now clamp down on the issue.
“Hopefully, it will be addressed by councillors once things have settled after the election but we’re not that confident given what happened with A-boards. We spoke to many councillors about the problems they were causing, but nothing has been done about them.”
Guide Dogs believes that local authorities should use the powers granted to them in 2011 by the Department for Transport to ban parking on pavements.
Linda Oliver, the charity’s Engagement Officer for the North East, said: “Imagine how terrifying it is to step into a road when you can’t see on-coming traffic.”