Guide Dogs UK

22nd November 2017

I was pleased to meet with volunteers from Guide Dogs UK, as well as guide dog, Lloyd, at my recent constituency surgery in Wymondham.

Guide Dogs UK are running the ‘Pavement Parking’ Campaign to raise awareness about the issue, and call for a standardised law across the country which will give local authorities even greater powers to tackle the problem.

A survey by Guide Dogs UK has shown that 97% of blind or partially sighted people encounter problems with street obstructions, and 90% of those had experienced trouble with a pavement parked car.

Where cars are parked on pavements, people who are blind or partially sighted often have to put themselves in danger by walking into the road just to get by. This is an issue that also impacts parents with prams, wheelchair users, older people and many others.

I intend to pick this issue up both nationally and locally, and I hope to raise greater awareness here in Mid Norfolk amongst motorists who may not have previously considered the impact that parking on the pavement can have on others

For further information on Guide Dogs UK’s Pavement Parking Campaign, click here.

George Freeman meets with Guide Dogs UK volunteers

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