Fines urged over disable parking abuse

People in Scotland who abuse disabled parking places could be hit with a £60 fine if new laws are passed.

MSPs are set to vote on a Private Member's Bill put forward by Labour backbencher Jackie Baillie which aims to curb the abuse of disabled bays.

Speaking ahead of the vote, she said: "Disabled parking abuse should no longer be tolerated and this Bill will ensure those who flout the law will be fined."

The current law in Scotland is that many disabled parking places are advisory, meaning other drivers can use them without punishment.

The Dumbarton MSP's Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Bill aims to make disabled parking bays under local council control legally enforceable.

This would leave those found to be abusing the bays facing a £30 fine, rising to £60 if not paid within 14 days.

Around 85% of disabled parking bays are advisory - meaning anyone can park in them without the risk of being penalised.

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