Pavement parking powers finally devolved to Holyrood

Parking on pavements can cause problems.
Parking on pavements can cause problems.

The Scottish Parliament is set to get new powers to deal with nuisance and inconsiderate parking.

The UK Government has made amendments to the Scotland Bill to make it clear that Holyrood has the power to tackle problems such as parking on pavements.

The move, which was announced by Scotland Office minister Andrew Dunlop, will address the long-standing question over the Scottish Parliament’s competence to act in this area.

Lord Dunlop said: “I am very pleased that we are able to act on giving Holyrood the powers to tackle inconsiderate parking.

“We know that inconsiderate parking makes life difficult for pedestrians, and I am grateful to Living Streets Scotland, Guide Dogs Scotland and other groups who have raised this important issue.

“There has long been a demand for the Scottish Parliament be able to tackle this issue, and I am pleased that we have been able to do so.

“This is a good example of the working with the Scottish Government to deliver for people in Scotland.”

Guide Dogs Scotland and Living Streets Scotland have welcomed the news.

Jane Horsburgh, policy manager for Guide Dogs Scotland said: “This is great news for people with sight loss, guide dog owners, wheelchair or mobility scooter users, and families with pushchairs.

“People with reduced mobility have been waiting a long time for legislation that can take inconsiderate parking off our streets, and allow them to get out and about safely in our communities.”

Stuart Hay, Living Streets Scotland Director said: “The last minute amendment to the Scotland Bill removes the final barrier to outlawing pavement parking.

“Finally, the Scottish Parliament will have the power to protect older, disabled and vulnerable pedestrians from inconsiderate parking, which is fantastic news.”

The Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell MP said: “I believe that this is a positive outcome that will be welcomed by people across Scotland, who wish to see the Scottish Parliament taking responsibility for and addressing this important issue.”