Living Streets Scotland has called for clear and simple footway parking laws in Scotland, in response to the Scottish Government’s consultation which closed on Friday (30 June).

Living Streets Scotland and the charity’s supporters submitted their response to the consultation calling for a complete ban to make streets more accessible to all, ensuring illegal footway parking could be easily enforced and only allow footway parking in areas where it has been defined necessary. 

Their response also called on the Scottish Government to make it easier for councils to enforce restrictions such as closed school streets using CCTV if publicity and education doesn’t work. 

Commenting on the response, Chris Thompson, Living Streets Scotland said: 

“Parking on footways and dropped kerbs creates an issue for all people trying to use the pavement but is especially dangerous for those with mobility issues, parents with pushchairs and older people – forcing them into the road and into the path of oncoming traffic. 

“Action to make pavements safe for pedestrians is long overdue. Current laws on footway parking are unclear and confusing so aren’t enforced. A simple ban as applied in London is the only sensible way forward. 

“The focus must be on the needs of older people, the disabled and children. Any exemption for specific streets should only be applied where their rights can be protected. 

“Councils have been ducking their responsibilities to these groups for too long in a way contrary to the spirit of equalities laws. New laws offer the opportunity for a better way of managing Scotland’s streets so everyone can feel safe.

“Overall new laws need to be part of a wider debate on parking and responsible use of our streets that respects everyone’s right to make journeys on foot in safety.” 

Read the full consultation response from Living Streets Scotland.

The Improving Parking consultation from Transport Scotland opened on 31 March and ended on 30 June. 

The consultation was the next step in getting a complete ban across Scotland after Holyrood were given devolved powers from Westminster in 2016.