Scotland finally bans pavement parking


Good news for disabled people 

11th October 2019 by Robert Armour 3 Comments

Scotland has become the first country in the UK to ban pavement parking after Holyrood passed a bill to implement the nationwide legislation.

Living Streets Scotland, the charity promoting everyday walking, has campaigned for a Scotland-wide ban on pavement parking.

Stuart Hay, director of the charity, said: “This is the first nationwide ban put in place in the UK and represents the culmination of over a decade of campaigning by Living Streets Scotland and disability charities.

"People in wheelchairs, parents with pushchairs and older adults who are currently forced into oncoming traffic when faced with vehicles blocking their path will now be able to enjoy a new freedom. It also stands to offer huge savings to cash-strapped councils currently charged with fixing footways damaged by vehicles parking on them.

“Practical plans and resources, including the proposed national publicity campaign, should now be put in place to ensure the bill is enacted efficiently. England and Wales should look to take a lead from today’s monumental decision.”

There is a 20-minute exemption for delivery vehicles.

Hay added: “This clause undermines the goals of preventing obstruction and pavement damage, while the enforcement of a waiting time is incredibly impractical.

“The government should now ensure that supporting guidance and regulations on this exception makes enforcement a simple and practical matter. Parking for loading must be simple to regulate or enforce if councils are to engage with the problem.

“We will work with the Scottish Government as it finalises its guidance, and with local authorities, disability groups and communities to ensure the ban is implemented effectively.”

The ban is part of the road transport bill that has implemented the workplace parking tax.

12th October 2019 by Zac

Just another way of screwing drivers for more money

13th October 2019 by Annie Silver

Great the law has passed, but who is going to enforce it? Too often, dangerously and stupidly parked cars are ignored because 1. the police are not interested or say it is a council matter; and 2. Parking wardens do not work "after hours" when the majority of this parking behaviour takes place. So it could be another piece of legislation with no teeth.

13th October 2019 by Shirley Todd

This is very good news indeed. However, the ban MUST be widely advertised and enforced. This should not just become lip service. The exemption for loading is unfortunate and will most likely be abused. What is the date of commencement?