But the area is confusing, with complicated wording in the Highways Code puzzling motorists as to its intention. The code states users must not park on a pavement in London and the capital has operated this law since 1974. Parking on a kerb in London is a criminal offence and can see hefty £70 fines dished out to users who fail to comply. But elsewhere in the UK, the Highway Code says motorists should not park on the pavement unless signs permit it, meaning it is only advisory and not technically illegal to do so.
Rule 244 says: “You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it.
“Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.”
The difference between must not and should not is key, with motorists in the rest of the UK only advised to not park on kerbs compared to London’s stricter guidelines.
Motorists must be careful though, as the code states drivers must not leave a vehicle or trailer in a dangerous position where it causes any unnecessary obstruction of the road.
But it is illegal for lorries of over 7.5 tonnes to park on a verge and also against the law to drive on a pavement unless gaining lawful entry to a property.
This means that if your pride and joy is blocking a narrow lane or deemed to be in a dangerous place, police officers could still apply a fine.
To help confused motorists, the RAC has urged drivers to use a common-sense approach when finding a spot to stop a vehicle.
A spokesperson said: “Outside of London, we advise people to use common sense when faced with no other option but to park on the pavement.
“If you are parking along a narrow road, where parking wholly on the road would stop other cars and particularly emergency vehicles from getting through, then it is a sensible option to park partially on a pavement, providing there are no parking restrictions and providing you are not blocking a wheelchair user or pram from using the pavement.
“If there are restrictions or your parking would cause wheelchair users or people with prams to have to walk into the road, then you should find somewhere else to park.”
The concern among motorists comes after the Transport Committee published their Pavement Parking report, advising an outright path parking ban should be implemented across the UK.
The new laws could come into effect from as early as next summer and is set to affect millions of road users across the country.
The report highlighted the concerns pavement parking has on people’s lives with those suffering visual and mobility impairments struggling the most.
Politicians claim kerb parking can increase loneliness as vulnerable people cannot safely leave their homes with cars parked outside.
Kathryn Shaw, spokeswoman for campaign group Living Streets, said a clear ban was the way forward to avoid confusion.
She told Express.co.uk: “Clear pavements need clear laws. There should be a default ban, with the ability to allow pavement parking in certain circumstances, as is currently the case in London and is planned in Scotland. This would be simple and easy for everyone to understand.”