Post-Legislative Scrutiny: Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009

 

Background and Evidence

Background

The Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009 received Royal Assent on 1 April 2009 and the Local Government and Communities Committee has agreed to undertake post-legislative scrutiny of the Act to determine how it is working.

The Act aims to make all disabled persons’ parking places legally enforceable, preventing the misuse of such parking places by those not entitled to use them. Currently, many disabled persons’ parking places are advisory and availability depends on the courtesy and consideration of other drivers.

The Act requires every local authority to undertake a one-off audit of all disabled persons’ parking places within their area, whether on-street or off-street.

Local authorities are required to convert all advisory on-street disabled persons’ parking places into enforceable parking places, unless they are no longer deemed necessary. The Act places a duty on every local authority to enter into negotiations with the owners of existing off-street car parks containing disabled persons’ parking places with a view to making them enforceable parking places and, where they cannot initially obtain such agreement, to continue to seek such agreement at least once every two years.

Call for Views

The Local Government and Communities Committee has today (Monday 6 February 2017) launched a call for written evidence from all interested parties as part of its consideration of its post-legislative scrutiny of the Act.

Organisations and individuals are invited to submit written evidence to the Committee setting out their views on how the Act is working. Those submitting evidence should feel free to address any, or all, of the questions contained in the Committee's call for views.

To allow the Committee to take account of any views received, submissions should be sent no later than Monday 20 March 2017. For further details on the Committee's call for written evidence, please see the link below.

Read the call for written evidence.

Written Submissions

Read the written submissions received.

Oral Evidence

On 29 March 2017, the Committee took evidence from:

  • Morven Brooks, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Disability Equality Forum;
  • Linda Bamford, Convener, and Keith Robertson, Member, Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland;
  • Vycki Ritson, Traffic Management and Road Safety, Aberdeen City Council.

Link to papers for meeting on 29 March 2017
Link to Official Report of meeting on 29 March 2017

Following the evidence session, the Committee agreed to invite representatives from supermarkets, private car park operators, local authorities and Police Scotland to give evidence at a future meeting.

Timetable

  • 6 February 2017: launch of call for views
  • 20 March 2017: closure of call for views
  • 29 March 2017: scene-setting evidence session (stakeholders and local authorities)
  • 17 May 2017: evidence session (supermarkets and private car park operators)
  • 24 May 2017: evidence session (local authorities and Police Scotland)
 

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