Drivers banned from pavement parking in Scotland
It’s been illegal to park on the kerb in London since the 1970s, and now Scotland is following suit under new proposals from the Department for Transport (Scotland).
The Transport (Scotland) Bill will introduce a ban on pavement parking and double parking to make pavements more accessible for pedestrians, by giving councils the right to introduce fixed penalty notices.
While it might seem an inconvenience for most pedestrians, it poses a big problem to wheelchair users, those pushing prams, mobility scooters and people who suffer from sight problems.
Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf said: “By empowering local authorities and continuing to work in partnership with transport operators, we will continue to develop a cleaner, smarter public transport system with improved connectivity, accessibility and greater economic benefits for all of Scotland.”
It’s likely the rest of the UK could follow London and Scotland’s lead at a future date, with a UK-wide pavement parking ban having been under consideration since 2016.
Transport minister Jesse Norman said: "The Department for Transport has been considering the scope for improving the traffic regulation order process. However, the department is now undertaking a broader piece of work to gather evidence on the issue of pavement parking.”
Stuart Hay, director of Living Streets Scotland said: “This is the beginning of the end for footway parking in Scotland. An outright ban will make it possible for everyone to enjoy our streets, walk more of our everyday journeys and bring relief from the actions of irresponsible drivers to vulnerable pedestrians.”
Some people however, feel that a blanket ban on pavement parking could cause chaos in some residential areas. It has been confirmed that there will be exemptions in Scotland, in cases where it would stop larger vans and emergency vehicles from being able to fit through.
Edmund King from the AA said: "There are some streets that are so narrow that if cars park on both sides it wouldn’t allow emergency vehicles or bin lorries to get through.
"We would be concerned if there was a blanket ban because it is clearly possible in some areas to park on the pavement while still allowing room for pushchairs or people in wheelchairs to pass."
What do you reckon? Have you been affected by an inconsiderate pavement parker, or do you think a blanket ban would be a step too far?