It’s time to stop cars parking on pavement

Parking on the pavement could soon be illegal
Parking on the pavement could soon be illegal

Netherton man John Thomson is delighted a ban on anti-social parking man may soon be introduced by the Scottish Parliment.

John, was registered legally blind in 1968, and is fed up with drivers parking on pavements making access difficult for the disabled, elderly and people with children.

Back in 2010 West of Scotland list MSP Ross Finnie tried to introduce the Regulation of Dropped Kerbs and Pavement Parking (Scotland) Bill, however it failed to get enough support to be introduced.

Earlier this year Glasgow Kelvin MSP Sandra White submitted the very similar Footway Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill would make it an offence to park on the pavement, park on a road next to a dropped kerb or double park, which is defined as parking where no part of the vehicle is within 50cm of the kerb.

The Bill is being considered by the Local Government and Regeneration Committee having received far more support than Mr Finnie’s version.

Mr Thomson said: “This is a issue not just for Motherwell, but the whole of the UK.

“There are simply too many cars on the pavements and that puts people in danger as they have to walk around them to get past.

“It’s disappoiting Mr Finnie’s Bill didn’t go into law, but I have high hopes this new Bill will be accepted by the Scottish Parliament.”

The Local Government and Regeneration Comittee would like to hear the public’s views on the Footway Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill.

It has developed a short survey which can be found here

The survey will close at noon on Friday, November 6.

More information about the Bill is available at the Scottish Parliament website