Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed the Scottish Parliament voting in favour of Sandra White MSP’s Pavement Parking Bill at its first stage.
The Footway Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill would ban parking on pavements, double parking and parking next to a drop kerb. The Bill is designed to prevent obstructions for disabled people, blind people and other pedestrians such as parents with prams. It has been brought forward as a Member’s Bill by SNP MSP Sandra White.
Powers over parking have been agreed as part of the package of further powers included in the Scotland Bill.
Commenting, Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“Reckless parking can make life extraordinarily difficult for those with mobility or sight issues as well as many other pedestrians. It’s right that we make it clear that bad parking is unacceptable.
“I’ve received a number of complaints from constituents being unable to use dropped kerbs because of inconsiderate drivers. I also chair the Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Visual Impairment and this issue has been raised there many times.”
Sandra White MSP added:
“I’m delighted that this important Bill has passed the first stage of the parliamentary process, meaning that the Parliament agrees with the principles of the legislation and will now scrutinise the detail.
“After raising this issue for several years I am glad that we now have the power to act.”