A radical new device dubbed ‘Catclaw’ promises to put an end to pavement parking.
The solution is thought to be simple and cost-effect.
Inventor, Yannick Read of the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) told the Bristol Post: “We’re addressing road danger – there’s a real problem with drivers parking on the pavement or driving on the pavement because they can’t be bothered to wait.
“The rise of internet shopping means we hear complaints from many people about delivery drivers – couriers and supermarket delivery vans – who would rather pull up onto the pavement to make deliveries than risk the anger of drivers stuck behind them.
“It’s a new explosion that has brought with it a whole new range of problems.”
The concept is yet to be implemented by local councils.
It is not illegal to park up the kerb, providing that there is sufficient space for pedestrians to pass – except for in London where motorists could face a fine of £70.
Mr Read added: “Last year 43 people were killed by cars as they walked on pavements.
“In one terrible incident a four-year-old girl using a scooter and a delivery driver crushed her to death in front of her mother – it’s an extreme example but it happens far more than it should.”