First city in Scotland set to enforce new pavement parking ban

Drivers who park on the pavement in Edinburgh could be fined up to £100 in a matter of weeks.

Edinburgh will become the first city in Scotland to enforce a ban on pavement parking, starting on January 29.

Local authorities were given new powers to stop vehicles from parking on pavements by the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019, which came into effect in December.

The rules are designed to protect pavement users – especially those in wheelchairs or pushing buggies – who may be forced onto the road by vehicles taking up the pavement.

Drivers who park on the pavement could be fined £100, reduced to £50 if they pay within 14 days.

After assessing 5,000 roads in the city, Edinburgh council has written to residents in a small number of streets to help them prepare for the measures.

Edinburgh council’s transport convener, Scott Arthur, said: “These new rules are about making our streets safer and more accessible for everyone, in particular those with visual impairments or mobility issues.

“I’ve heard from many people who say the change will make their day-to-day life much easier.

“I have also been pleased to hear that, as a result of our publicity campaign, pavement parking is already reducing in some areas.”

He added: “I am proud that Edinburgh is leading the way on enforcing the ban, and that all political parties here agree that no street should be exempt.

“I would expect everyone to adhere to the new prohibitions once in place, but we’ll continue to monitor streets across the city to make sure the impacts on the wider network are minimal.”

Currently, London is the only city in the UK where parking on pavements is banned.

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