Pavement Parking ban approved!
The Scottish Parliament has agreed in principle that a new law be passed to implement a nationwide footway parking ban.
This is amazing news and is no small part due to the tireless vigilance of our supporters.
Together we have campaigned for a Scotland-wide ban on pavement and double parking to make it easier for local authorities to ensure our streets are safe and accessible for all.
Under current legislation, footway/pavement parking or double parking are not specific offences in Scotland but section four of the Transport (Scotland) Bill voted on at Holyrood contains provisions to prohibit these actions.
The bill replaces current laws on obstruction and pavement parking which are unenforceable. It will be welcome news to the 83 per cent of people who responded to the consultation on the bill felt to say they felt new legislation was required.
The ruling comes in the same week that the Transport Select Committee launched an inquiry into pavement parking in England.
We are asking supporters to stand by!
This is a day to celebrate - but there's more to be done to ensure the resulting law is as strong as possible.
For now, though, we encourage you to share this news via social media.
How we have stood up for pedestrians in Scotland.
Footway Parking Banned in London, but rest of the country including Scotland not included in legislation
Living Streets Scotland and Guide Dogs Scotland forms the Responsible Parking Alliance bring together 20 NGOs to press for change
New responsible parking bill introduced by Joe Fitzpatrick MSP supported by 95% of consultation responses including support for action on double parking
Living Streets and Guide dogs seek legal advice on whether the Scottish Parliament has powers over parking and begin work on a draft bill for Sandra White MSP
Footway and Double Parking Bill Introduced by Sandra White. Presiding Officer confirms lack of powers to pass the bill
Scottish Parliament Local Government Committee takes evidence on the bill, hearing from organisations including Living Streets
4th Dec 2015
Scottish Government backs changes in the law and begins work on securing powers
20 Janaury 2016
Lord McAvoy tries to amend the Scotland Bill, Scotland Minister Lord Dunlop agrees to come back with changes
8th February 2016
Local Committee Government committee backs a change in the law http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/96529.aspx
23 Feb 2016
Scotland Bill Amended by House of Lords to finally give the Scottish Parliament Powers over parking
1 March 2016
Principles of the Footway Parking Bill unanimously agreed by All MSPs but progress halts as term of parliament ends.