Action needed on Pavement Parking

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has called for action on pavement parking and other road safety hazards.

Speaking in a Scottish Parliament debate on road safety, Cathy highlighted the problems pedestrians face because of badly parked vehicles:

“Children are forced to use busy roads when going to and from school. Although we are extremely grateful for the dedication of crossing patrols, the plight of children, the elderly, wheelchair users and those with prams is made worse by obstacles, not the least of which is pavement parking. It is a recipe for an accident when vehicles park on the pavement and pedestrians are forced to use the road. Badly parked vehicles can also make it difficult to see oncoming traffic. More could be done to tackle those problems, perhaps by enforcing existing laws or by creating new byelaws. Failing that, we should consider what legislation we could introduce in the Parliament. We must ensure that people take responsibility for their parking. Motorists should realise the effect that bad parking has on children, young people and others who have to walk on the road. For those who do not take their responsibilities seriously, we need to have recourse to legal remedies.”

Cathy also called for

  • more widespread provision of advanced driving courses such as the Institute of Advanced Motorists courses and Pass Plus;
  • action against dangerous driving practices such as tailgating and undertaking;
  • more consideration from other road users for cyclists and motorcyclists, for whom accident rates for are again rising; and,
  • more and better cycle paths and lanes.
  • “Instead of taxing cyclists, we should improve their lot,” said Cathy. “We want more people to get on their bikes, so we should do what we can do to make the roads safe for them. Young cyclists could benefit from better training but what would benefit them most is more consideration from other road users.”

    She also argued for better consultation with vulnerable road users.

    “When we consider road safety improvements, we should pay more attention to the views of those who are endangered by bad practices. We should not only give out fridge magnets and lecture children; we should consult schools and the young people who attend them when we formulate policy. Getting it right for all road users is about persuading people to travel safely and sustainably. We should encourage and protect those who use environmentally friendly modes of transport.”

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    One response to “Action needed on Pavement Parking

    1. Dear Cathy,

      I wholeheatedly agree with your article on pavement parking. I have been pestering the police in my area (Bo’ness) for several years to no avail. I am sick and tired of having to walk around these cars when I should be able to keep safely to the footways. On one occasion when I reported this to my local police I was told that as long as a pedestrian has enough room to remain on the pavement when passing a vehicle parked in this situation they will not take any action against any driver who parks on a pavement. They tried to tell me that as long as there is about 1mtr gap it’s OK for them to park in this way which I think is a load of nonsense. Within my housing estate there is always cars parked on the pavements totally blocking any passageway of pedestrians. Mothers with prams are having to walk on the roads and I have seen a blind person walk straight into a car which he wouldn’t have expected on the pavement.

      Recently I have been complaining to the police regarding regarding cars parking on the pavement outside Kinneil School when dropping off or picking up children once again to no avail. The parking on the pavement is bad enough but they are then driving along the pavement while children are walking there. I have provided the polce with photographs but no action is ever taken. It’s about time this was taken more seriously. The police just seem to think it’s not worth bothering about.

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