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A step closer to ending pavement parking in Scotland

09 Sep 2014

Guide Dogs is delighted that the UK Government has agreed to ensure the Scottish Parliament can legislate to tackle obstructive pavement parking. This is a great victory for our campaign and takes us a step closer to ensuring problem pavement parking is stopped.

This important news follows Friday's (5 September) debate of Mark Lazarowicz MP's Private Member's Bill. Mr Lazarowicz's bill aimed to cut through a deadlock in the Scottish Parliament which has seen a proposal for a Responsible Parking (Scotland) Bill from Sandra White MSP delayed because of legal uncertainty as to whether the Scottish Parliament has the power to legislate in this area. The UK Government has now committed to broker discussions and if necessary bring forward an Order under the Scotland Act to ensure that the Scottish Parliament can legislate to tackle obstructive parking.
Mark Lazarowicz MP has said:
"I introduced this Bill in a constructive attempt to resolve this issue so that the Scottish Parliament can go ahead to legislate if it chooses to tackle obstructive parking.

At best it's a public nuisance and it can cause danger to people who are disabled like the visually impaired - it's bad for motorists too as it chokes traffic and causes jams.
I am pleased that the UK Government is looking at it constructively and is prepared if necessary to bring forward secondary legislation to make the legal position clear once and for all. I have therefore told the government that on the basis of this commitment I will withdraw my Bill.

There is another Bill on irresponsible parking in England and Wales - a pointer to how important it is to people in their daily lives - and I hope that the Bills will be steps towards safer streets across the UK."

Jane Horsburgh, Policy Manager for Guide Dogs Scotland said:

"Sandra White MSP's Responsible Parking (Scotland) Bill will be effective legislation that ends inconsiderate parking, including pavement parking, that adversely affects many pedestrians and significantly people with sight loss. We welcome the efforts of Mark Lazarowicz MP in getting the UK Government to agree to broker discussions to eliminate this impasse to allow the Responsible Parking (Scotland) Bill to be brought into the Scottish Parliament. We will continue to support Sandra White MSP, working with Living Streets Scotland and the wider Responsible Parking Alliance."

Guide Dogs and the charity Living Streets have been leading a campaign on pavement parking which is backed by a wide range of charities and organisations, representing the many different groups of people affected. Thousands of supporters have taken action over the last few months in support of a UK wide law to tackle problem pavement parking and we will continue to need your help with this campaign.