Councils urged to put the brakes on pavement parkers

By ending pavement parking we can make our streets and communities more accessible for everyone.

All councils across Scotland must put a brake on the scourge of pavement parking with new powers that have come into effect today, says the Scottish Greens’ local government spokesperson, Ariane Burgess. 

From today, for the first time, local authorities can crackdown on motorists who choose to block pavements and force people with prams, wheelchairs and children onto roads.

Ms Burgess said: “This ban can make a big difference to the many people who have to put themselves at risk to navigate badly parked cars. Our pavements and footways are for all of us, yet, all over our country there are drivers who seem to think that they can park wherever they want. 

“It is selfish behaviour that is deterring people from walking and wheeling. It is blocking our pavements for people with prams or with mobility issues. Enough is enough, it has gone on for far too long. From today, our local authorities have the chance to put the brakes on pavement parkers, and I hope that they take it.

“It’s important that all Councils take this seriously and start to put plans in place. What we can’t have is a postcode lottery where inconsiderate parking can happen in one local authority but not another. Wherever we live, we all have a right to safe streets and communities.

“Nobody should have to put themselves in a vulnerable position because of cars being parked where they shouldn’t be. This will be an important step in ensuring that our streets and communities are safer for everyone.”

Edinburgh City Council has declared it will be the first to enforce the powers. From January, drivers who park on footways will face a £100 fine, with no exemptions apart from for emergency services vehicles.

Edinburgh Scottish Green Councillor Kayleigh O’Neill said: “This is a long overdue and very welcome change that will make our streets safer and more accessible. Far too many of us have been waiting for a long time for it to be a reality. 

“Edinburgh is aiming to have this in place by January, but this is national legislation and councils have known about it for years. I’m disappointed in those that do not have plans for enforcement. 

“I hope that we can see an end to dangerous parking across Scotland as soon as possible.”