Experts at Confused.com warned the ban could take years to implement in Scotland despite MSPs passing a motion to ban the rule in 2019. The delays could mean thousands of road users are not punished for stopping on the side of kerbs and blocking pavements.
Alex Kindred, car insurance expert at Confused.com said it was confusing what was allowed due to a lack of “clear and consistent” guidelines.
He said: “Parking on the pavement can cause a lot of issues for pedestrians, and it’s a positive move that this will soon be banned across the UK.
“But until there are clear and consistent rules, it’s confusing for us to know if and where this is allowed.
“According to our guide, it’s already banned in many areas of the UK, and could take up to five years to be fully rolled out.
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These checks should have started this year but were delayed due to the health emergency,
A further six months could be needed after this to publicise the change and ensure drivers are up to date on the rule change,
Grace periods may then be offered before drivers are issued penalties or towed away fro breaking the law.
Scotland is the only devolved administration to so far issue an outright ban on pavement parking.
In England, pavement parking is only banned in Central London but the Department for Transport is looking for ways to strengthen the rules.
A consultation was launched last year looking at three options to change the rules on kerb parking for the foreseeable future.
Option one would see local authorities introduce Temporary Restraining Orders to better manage traffic in hotspots.
Another proposal being considered would see local authorities given powers to enforce fines for unnecessary obstruction of the pavement.
A national ban was considered as part of the consultation in England but the DFT has warned this would require changes in legislation.
The DfT said the advantages of a national ban would establish a general rule against pavement parking which residents and road users would better understand.
However, they warn this would be the “most significant change to English parking law in a decade” which would require a substantial amount of work.
They also warned a national ban would need a “significant implementation period” meaning full enforcement is unlikely to happen straight away.
Conclusions to the DfT analysis are expected to be released within the next month after the consultation closed in November.