Living Streets Scotland is urging Westminster to transfer powers over pavement parking to the Scottish government without further delay.

Yesterday, (Tuesday 19 January) in response to a Labour amendment to the Scotland Bill, Lord Dunlop assured interested parties in the House of Lords that the Government is actively  considering the amendment and that a decision on it will be made swiftly.

If included, this clause will ensure that offences in relation to parking on pavements, at dropped kerbs and double parking can finally be enforced by the Scottish Parliament.

 

Commenting on this latest announcement in the on-going wrangle over pavement parking legislation in Scotland, Stuart Hay, Director of Living Streets Scotland said:

“This is the clearest signal yet that the UK and Scottish Governments are working together on measures to devolve powers related to pavement parking to Scotland. This has been a long time coming.

“It remains unacceptable that a legislative loophole continues to hinder action to protect disabled and older people from pavement parking. We hope to see an amendment to the Scotland Bill, or an equivalent order to resolve the issue, before the current session of the Scottish Parliament ends in March. This will in turn allow the process of giving Police Scotland and councils the power they need to keep Scotland pavements clear of obstructions.”

“This is the clearest signal yet that the UK and Scottish Governments are working together on measures to devolve powers related to pavement parking to Scotland. This has been a long time coming.

Stuart Hay, Director of Living Streets Scotland

Ian Murray, MP for Edinburgh South and Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland has been working closely with Living Streets and Guide Dogs Scotland to stop obstructive parking in Scotland.

He said: "Devolving competency over pavement parking to the Scottish Parliament will allow legislation to be passed that will greatly enhance the protections afforded to Scottish pedestrians. This is of particular benefit to those at greater risk, such as parents with pushchairs, older pedestrians and the visually impaired."

 

Lord Davidson of Glen Clova, Shadow Frontbench Spokesperson in the House of Lords:

“It is encouraging to hear that the UK Government is taking on board the concerns raised by Living Streets Scotland and many other organisations about pavement parking, and that they are now in discussions with the Scottish Government on the issue. It’s now time that both sides come to an agreement, and quickly. We urge Ministers to bring forward the necessary amendments to the Bill at Report Stage. If they don’t, then Labour Peers will.”

Notes to editors

  1. The Footway Parking Scotland Bill was introduced by Sandra White MSP in May 2015, with the support of over twenty environmental and disability charities, including Living Streets Scotland. See: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefingsAndFactsheets/S4/SB_15-55_Footway_Parking_and_Double_Parking_Scotland_Bill.pdf  It was finally confirmed in June 2015 that the Scottish Parliament lacked the powers to legislate on offences to the 1988 Road Traffic Act which are reserved for use by the Westminster Parliament.
  2. Legislation was first proposed in 2010 by Ross Finnie MSP in the previous parliament.
  3. The Scottish Parliament Local Government Committee was taking on the principles Footway Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill: from Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands; and Sandra White MSP, Member in charge of the Bill
  4. Letter to Living Streets Scotland 23/12/14 and Letter to Derek Mackay from David Mundell 23/6/15 Guide Dogs Scotland.

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