Proposed pavement parking ban welcomed

Proposed pavement parking ban welcomed

Motorists in Scotland will be banned from parking their cars on many pavements if a proposed Bill becomes law.

As well as making it illegal to obstruct pavements and dropped kerbs, the Bill would also restrict double parking on Scotland's streets.

But the Bill would also allow councils to exempt some areas, where pavement parking does not cause a problem, from the ban.

MSPs believe the move would make life easier for wheelchair users, the visually impaired and parents with young children by clearing parked vehicles from pavements.

But members of the Local Government and Regeneration Committee have asked for more details about how the rules would work in practice and how much they would cost to bring in and enforce.

Kevin Stewart MSP, the convenor of the committee, says while pavement parking can have a "very real impact" on people's lives, the proposed Bill represents a "positive step" towards addressing the problem.

The members' Bill has been introduced by Sandra White MSP.

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