The Scottish Government has agreed in principle plans to implement a nationwide ban on pavement parking.
On 4 April, ministers voted to pass the Transport (Scotland) Bill to Stage 2 of the process – where MSPs will consider the details of the proposals and outline any amendments.
The Bill, first first introduced by Derek Mackay MSP in June 2018, contains provisions to prohibit pavement parking – something which is not currently a specific offence in Scotland.
It replaces existing laws on obstruction and pavement parking, which have been described by Living Streets Scotland as ‘unenforceable’.
The charity has also welcomed the ruling, saying a ban on pavement parking will help to ‘create safer and more welcoming streets for all’.
Stuart Hay, director of Living Streets Scotland, said: “The Bill will give new freedom to people in wheelchairs, parents with pushchairs and older people who are currently forced into oncoming traffic when they’re faced with a vehicle blocking their path.
“A simple national ban which covers all pavements offers the best way to change behaviour and sends the message that parking on pavements is socially unacceptable.
“We urge MSPs to now ensure the bill is not watered down. Practical plans and resources, including the proposed national publicity campaign, should be put in place to ensure the Bill is enacted efficiently.”
Will the rest of the UK follow suit?
The Scottish ruling arrived in the same week that the Transport Committee launched an inquiry into pavement parking in England.
The Transport Committee says pavement parking ‘creates real problems’ for those with with disabilities and is calling for written evidence relating to:
- The impact of pavement parking
- Enforcement of pavement parking offences
- Reform of traffic regulation orders needed to deal with pavement parking
The closing date to submit written evidence to the Transport Committee inquiry is 14 May.