The days of pavement parking in Scotland are finally numbered. Here's how.

When Living Streets Scotland took on the issue of pavement parking, we didn’t expect to get caught up in constitutional politics – but that’s what happened.

It's also why older, disabled, and people with children are still waiting for laws to keep pavements safe and convenient.  

The good news is that, despite the setbacks, Holyrood now has the powers and more importantly cross-party support in the Scottish Parliament to take action.
After a pause for the Scottish elections, the new SNP minority government and other parties have committed to introducing new laws, with consultation expected by 2016. 
Child crossing the street because pagements are blocked by vans

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Timeline

1974
Footway Parking Banned in London, but rest of the country including Scotland not included in legislation
 
Autumn 2011
Living Streets Scotland and Guide Dogs Scotland forms the Responsible Parking Alliance bring together 20 NGOs to press for change
 
Spring 2012
New responsible parking bill introduced by Joe Fitzpatrick MSP supported by 95% of consultation responses including support for action on double parking
 
Winter 2013
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
 
Spring 2015
Footway and Double Parking Bill Introduced by Sandra White. Presiding Officer confirms lack of powers to pass the bill
 
Winter 2015
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.

April 2016
SNP and Scottish Green Party manifestos propose a ban on footway parking.
 
May 2016
Majority of MSPs in new Scottish Parliament elected on manifestos that commit to banning footway parking.
 
June 2016
New Transport Minister Humza Yousaf reiterates plans to progress legislation on footway parking.

 

What next?

It's likely that the Scottish Government will consult on the content if its own bill. Here's our latest briefing below on how the new laws should work.