Driving on the pavement is banned by the same law that bans cyclists from riding on it. Needless to say, every car that is parked on the pavement was driven on it first, but that is another story. This post is about people to consider the pavement as a valid alternative to the carriageway when the road is blocked by a bin lorry, traffic or other obstructions.
Many cars evidently do this to get past bin lorries on the Isle of White. Good to see the Hampshire Police at least highlighting the issue.
It not just a Hampshire issue though. Here is video taken by a cyclist of a motorist doing the same thing to get past another bin lorry
And a whole line of vehicles using the pavement to get past roadworks in Swindon.
And trying to escape the traffic chaos outside a school in Folkstone
And in Bristol where a car is seen being driven along the pavement towards a pedestrian.
In this one the driver of a car in this one decides accelerates past a cyclist, with two wheels up on the pavement.
Even the Royal Mail are at it. Here is a van being driven some long distance along the pavement (and no, the hazard warning lights don’t make it OK!)
Also report here of motorists driving on the pavement outside a primary school in Bolton and to get pass roadworks in West London. All of the above have been chosen to show what appear to be ordinary people driving on the pavement in ordinary circumstances, not whilst in a rage, drunk or when speeding or being chased by the police (which also happens).
Is this issue a nationally significant one? Have you experienced it yourself? Do let us know in the comments field below.