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Edinburgh bans pavement parking as drivers could face £100 fine in first for Scotland

Drivers who park on the pavement in Edinburgh will face £100 fine in a new crackdown – with calls for more places to punish the practice.

It is the first city in Scotland to bring in the new rules which are aimed at stopping drivers causing obstructions on paths and causing issues for disabled people and those with pushchairs, reports the BBC.

The new rules will come into force in January after a new law in 2021 that gives local authorities the power to stop pavement parking gets ministerial approval in December.

Niall Foley, lead external affairs manager at Guide Dogs Scotland, said: “Parking on pavements is a nuisance for everyone, but potentially dangerous if you are a wheelchair user forced onto the road, pushing a buggy, or have sight loss and can’t see traffic coming towards you.

“When cars block the way, it undermines the confidence of people with a vision impairment to get out and about independently,” he told the BBC.

Stuart Hay, director of Living Streets Scotland, a charity which promotes everyday walking, also backed the plans.

He said: “Edinburgh is taking the right approach to the enforcement of pavement parking, recognising that footways are for people, not parking spaces for cars.”

In the new rules it’s not just pavement parking that will be banned – so too will be double parking and parking at dropped kerbs. Delivery drivers will be exempt.

City of Edinburgh Council carried out a survey which suggested 68 per cent of residents support the new rules. However no additional staff are being recruited to enforce the ban.

Other local authorities in Scotland could follow Edinburgh’s lead with councillors In South Lanarkshire voicing support for the rules.

Scottish Borders Council has also held a consultation to find out where pavement parking happens in the area it covers.

Across the UK parking on the pavement is only illegal in London.

In July campaigners called for legislation to be introduced to extend the ban on pavement parking in London to all UK cities – with almost four in five readers joining calls for a crackdown in a poll.

The offence is illegal in the capital city and while the Highway Code advises against the practice, it is up to local authorities to enforce restrictions, with offenders facing £70 fines if their vehicle causes an obstruction.



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