We did it!
Scotland bans pavement parking
Scotland made history on 10 October 2019 by introducing a nationwide ban on pavement parking.
The ban is the culmination of over a decade of campaigning by Living Streets Scotland and disablity charities - and is thanks to your support.
It means that 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 faced with fixing footways damaged by vehicles parking on them.
We remain concerned that implementation of the ban has been delayed by COVID-19’s impact on local government transport departments.
This has prevented the council’s surveying streets to determine where exemptions might be justified and acceptable. We urge the Scottish Government to:
1. Set a deadline for bring the law into force not later than the first half of 2023 and sooner if possible
2. Provide strong guidance which prevents councils exempting any street from the ban where this would have a negative impact on people with disabilities
How we have stood up for pedestrians in Scotland.
Footway Parking Banned in London. The rest of the country, including Scotland, are not included in legislation.
Living Streets Scotland and Guide Dogs Scotland form the Responsible Parking Alliance, bringing together 20 NGOs to lobby 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 Scotland and Guide Dogs Scotland 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 MSP. 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 Scotland.
4 December 2015
Scottish Government back changes in the law and begin work on securing powers.
20 January 2016
Lord McAvoy seeks to amend the Scotland Bill; Scotland Minister Lord Dunlop agrees to come back with changes.
8 February 2016
Local Committee Government group backs a change in the law with the Footway Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill.
23 February 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.
The SNP and Scottish Green Party manifestos propose a ban on footway parking.
Majority of MSPs in new Scottish Parliament elected on manifestos that commit to banning footway parking.
New Transport Minister Humza Yousaf reiterates plans to progress legislation on footway parking.
Results from a consultation launched the previous autumn reveal that 83% of respondents support a ban on pavement parking.
The Transport (Scotland) Bill is published. It proposes the introduction of a Scotland-wide ban on pavement and double parking to make it easier for local authorities to ensure pavements and roads are safer and more accessible to all.
10 October 2019
The Scottish Parliament pass a bill to implement a nationwide footway parking ban.