Living Streets Scotland has welcomed confirmation that the Scottish Government plans to support legislation banning inconsiderate parking on pavements and drop kerbs. 

The move signals the end of years of legislative wrangling which has left vulnerable pedestrians in Scotland unprotected.

Furthermore, speaking at the Local Government Transport and Infrastructure Committee, Transport Minister Derek Mackay confirmed action on the issue would be in the 2016 SNP manifesto if the transfer of power from Westminster was delayed.

Living Streets Scotland wants the law to be clear: parking which blocks pavements and drop kerbs should not be permitted where it results and danger and inconvenience to pedestrians. The prospect of safer streets is a great Christmas present for pedestrians

Stuart Hay, Director of Living Streets Scotland said:

“Scottish Government’s support for the principle of banning pavement parking is a massive breakthrough. The Transport Minister’s commitment to bring forward legislation offers the best way to get strong and fair pavement parking laws for Scotland.

“The statement confirms progress on Holyrood gaining powers to pass new laws on parking offences. The ball is now with Secretary of State for Scotland to quickly fulfil previous commitments to transfer powers. 

“Unless Secretary of State for Scotland acts promptly Holyrood won’t be in a position to pass the bill before the Scottish election. Mr Mackay’s commitment that a future SNP-led government would legislate after May 2016 will reassure vulnerable pedestrians that action is on the way. We look forward to similar commitments from other parties.

“Living Streets Scotland wants the law to be clear: parking which blocks pavements and drop kerbs should not be permitted where it results and danger and inconvenience to pedestrians. The prospect of safer streets is a great Christmas present for pedestrians.”

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