Pavement parking campaignLiving Streets Scotland and Cycling Scotland
We succeeded in securing amendments to the Transport Bill to strengthen the laws against pavement parking, double parking and parking across dropped kerbs.
Living Streets Scotland and Cycling Scotland wanted to ensure that the Transport (Scotland) Bill 2018 limited inconsiderate double parking or parking on pavements as much as possible. They needed our public affairs expertise to table amendments to the Bill to ensure that it protected pedestrians, especially more vulnerable people such as families with pushchairs, older adults or those with a visual or mobility impairment.
We drafted amendments to the Transport Bill to prevent delivery vehicles from double parking or parking on pavements, to protect dropped kerbs and pedestrian crossings, and to prevent vehicles from parking in protected areas outside schools. We prepared briefings on amendments, met with and advised MSPs to discuss the problem, explained why the amendments helped address the problem, and offered our support in arguing the case in Parliament for amendments to the Transport Bill.
We succeeded in securing amendments to ensure that pavement parking could not cause an obstruction and that pedestrians, especially wheelchair users and buggies, always have enough space. Parking across dropped kerbs was prohibited, ensuring that such crossings are always clear for pedestrian use. Other amendments sparked useful debate among MSPs and may be revisited at a later date.