A vehicle and trailer parked on a footpath and on the wrong side of the road. PHOTO/PAM GRAHAM

Masterton District Council is cracking down on people who park cars on footpaths.

An agenda for the strategic planning and policy committee meeting yesterday said council staff have noticed an increase in the number of vehicles parking on footpaths in urban areas.

“This restricts access for footpath users and can force people on to the road, presenting a safety risk, or into private property,” the agenda says.

Staff will be placing “friendly reminders” on offending vehicles asking them to consider pedestrians and park appropriately.

Staff can take further action if owners continue to park inappropriately.