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Friday, May 24, 2024

Edinburgh to be first Scottish city to ban pavement parking

Edinburgh to be first Scottish city to ban pavement parking

Edinburgh is poised to become the first city in Scotland to implement a complete ban on pavement parking. The city council has proposed a plan where drivers parking on the pavement will face a £100 fine.

This move also includes a ban on double parking and parking at dropped kerbs, with an exemption for delivery drivers. The enforcement of this ban in Edinburgh is set to begin in January 2024, following national regulations coming into effect on December 11.

The Scottish government passed legislation in 2021 allowing local authorities to enforce a ban on pavement parking, which will receive ministerial approval in December.

The City of Edinburgh Council cited pavement parking as a persistent issue, with a survey indicating 68% resident support for the ban. This type of parking poses challenges for disabled people, parents with pushchairs, and individuals with vision impairments.

Support for the ban has been expressed by Guide Dogs Scotland and Living Streets Scotland, emphasizing the importance of keeping footways clear for pedestrians. Despite the ban's implementation, the council stated that no additional parking staff are being recruited, as there are enough legal parking spaces in the city.

Other Scottish local authorities, such as South Lanarkshire and Scottish Borders Council, are also considering similar bans, with South Lanarkshire showing support for the ban and Scottish Borders Council conducting consultations to identify areas of pavement parking. The implementation of the ban will be considered on a case-by-case basis in these areas.

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