Progress on disabled-parking law

A law to crack down on able-bodied drivers who wrongly use disabled parking spaces in Scotland is a step closer to being approved.

A Holyrood committee has published its report on proposals that might lead to able-bodied drivers who park in disabled bays being fined £30.

Labour's MSP Jackie Baillie, who has promoted the crackdown, said: "I am delighted that we are now one stage closer to achieving enforceable parking spaces for the disabled."

Her Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Bill would make disabled parking bays legally enforceable. At present, many are advisory, meaning other drivers may use them without punishment.

The Bill would impose a penalty of £30 for those who wrongly use the bays, rising to £60 if not paid within 14 days.

If passed, it would also require councils to contact the owners or operators of private car parks - including supermarkets and out-of-town shopping centres - to agree to make disabled parking spaces at these car parks enforceable.

Transport minister Stewart Stevenson has already said the Scottish Government backs the principle of the Bill.

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