Friday, November 22, 2019
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Parking on pavements is set to be banned as Scotland makes history with new laws.

The Scottish Government have agreed in principle to the parking crackdown.  

MSPs voted to pass a Transport (Scotland) Bill following a debate yesterday (Thursday 10 October), making Scotland the first UK nation to ban footway parking.

There will be a blanket 20-minute exemption for delivery vehicles.

Local authorities will also have the option to address double parking under the new law, which will come into effect in 2021.

The Bill comes after a campaign from UK charity, Living Streets Scotland.  Stuart Hay, Director, Living Streets Scotland commented: “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.”

Other planned improvements discussed at the Stage 3 debate included allowing the creation of low emission zones in Scotland, and statutory improvements to bus services.

 

 

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