Drivers urged to be more considerate

Drivers are being warned not to park across dropped kerbs, following a series of incidents which have put vulnerable pedestrians at risk.

Wednesday, 2nd November 2016, 11:38 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 15:23 pm

Northumberland County Council is asking motorists to be extra vigilant when parking so they don’t block access to the kerbs.

This is especially important where kerbs are installed in public places to assist pedestrians with restricted mobility, including wheelchair and pushchair users, to cross roads safely.

Cllr Robert Arckless, a wheelchair user himself, said: “Parking across dropped kerbs is a problem that has been raised to me by fellow wheelchair users on a number of occasions.

“The obstruction of a crossing point can cause a real safety hazard.”

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He added: “I understand it is an easy mistake for a motorist to make and I am appealing to all drivers to park with consideration by double-checking they are not blocking a dropped access before they leave their vehicle.”

A dropped kerb is where the kerb stone has been lowered or angled downwards towards the road to make a gentle ramp. They have two main functions - to aid pedestrians manoeuvre safely on and off pavements and to aid vehicular crossing. Parking or waiting where a kerb has been lowered is a traffic offence, enforceable with a fine.