Will Bill reclaim Scotland’s pavements for pedestrians, asks Committee

14.09.2015

 Will plans to tackle parking on pavements make a difference to you? The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee want to hear from people across Scotland as it begins its examination of the Footway Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill aims to make it illegal to park on footways (pavements) and make pavements safer by stopping pedestrians – especially those with mobility or visual impairments, or with pushchairs –being forced onto the road to avoid parked cars.

New offences of parking beside a dropped kerb and double parking will also be created by the Bill.

Committee Convener, Kevin Stewart MSP said:

“Parking on pavements or double parking is a nuisance and a hazard for all pedestrians. But for some of the most vulnerable in our society, including older people and those with visual or mobility impairments, the impact can be even greater.

“This Bill wants to prohibit this type of parking and we want to find out what difference this would make. Does the Bill go far enough and will the proposals really stop parking on pavements?”

The Committee is now asking for people’s experience of this sort of parking in their community. Are members of the public regularly forced off the pavement or blocked from using dropped kerbs by parked cars? Are there any circumstances in which the Bill should allow this sort of parking in certain situations or areas of the community?

Background

The Bill seeks to restrict the obstruction of footways by parked or waiting vehicles and the double parking of vehicles on carriageways. Under current legislation, it is an offence to drive on the footway but the position is less clear with regards to casual or occasional parking. 

Specifically, the Bill seeks to prohibit parking on any footway, dropped footway or double parking (where no part of the vehicle is within 50 cm of the edge of the carriageway) on all public roads in built up areas in Scotland.
As well as asking for written submissions, the Committee has published a survey asking for experiences of the problems caused by parking on pavements. The survey can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FootwayDoubleParkingBill/  

Submissions should be limited to no more than four pages of A4. Responses should be sent, wherever possible, electronically and in MS Word format to the following email address: lgr.committee@scottish.parliament.uk

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 5pm on Friday 6 November 2015.

Before submitting your evidence please read the Parliament’s policy on treatment of written evidence by subject and mandatory committees.

Responses can also be sent by post to:

Clerk to the Local Government and Regeneration Committee
Committee Office
Room T3.40
Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

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