Wednesday 01st May 2024,
North Edinburgh Community News

Pavement parking crackdown begins today

A city-wide ban on drivers parking their vehicles on pavements comes into force today. 

The rules are designed to protect pedestrians, especially people in wheelchairs and those pushing buggies.

Drivers could face a fine of up to £100 if they break the rule, which aims to stop vehicles from blocking pavements and causing an obstruction. 

It is hoped the change will make streets safer and more accessible for pedestrians, particularly those with mobility issues or impaired vision.

The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 included powers for councils to ban parking on pavements, at dropped kerbs and known crossing places as well as double parking.

Scott Arthur, City of Edinburgh Council’s transport and environment convener, said he had faith in motorists realising when they were blocking a road. 

He added: “Every driver is responsible for parking their vehicles considerately, and where this would not cause an obstruction to the road. 

“If a driver can’t park with all four wheels on the road without blocking traffic, we would encourage them to park elsewhere. 

“Neither parking on the footpath nor blocking the road is safe or acceptable.”

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