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MSPs say pavement parking ban would be ‘positive step’

The Footway Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill, a Members’ Bill introduced by Sandra White MSP, proposes to make it illegal to park on pavements to stop pedestrians – especially those with mobility or visual impairments, or with pushchairs – being forced onto the road to avoid parked cars.

The Bill also proposes a ban on parking adjacent to a dropped kerb and double parking. The Bill sets out a number of exceptions to the ban, as well as providing that local authorities can exempt areas from the Bill.

Committee Convener, Kevin Stewart MSP said: “For those affected by obstructive parking on pavements, it can be a serious problem. We were overwhelmed by the number of comments we received from members of the public on this issue. We heard from wheelchair users, people with visual impairments and young families with prams about the very real impact this can have on their day to day lives.

“The Bill before us is a positive step in addressing this issue. However, there is much more detail needed in order to address how this would work in practice. We believe more thought needs to be given to ensure the Bill would be enforced consistently across Scotland. We also believe further consideration needs to be given to how much the Bill would cost to implement and enforce.

“Clearly pavement parking is not always obstructive and so we welcome the flexibility the Bill provides for local authorities to exempt some areas. We would hope local authorities would use a common sense approach to identifying these exempt areas.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.