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Cathy calls for action on pavement parking

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has called for action to be taken on dangerous and antisocial parking.
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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.”

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Disabled Parking

New Disabled Parking Bill agreed by Scottish Parliament

Disabled parking bays, which are under the control of Falkirk Council and other local authorities, are to become legally enforceable after MSPs voted in favour Jackie Baillie’s Members Bill. There are an estimated one million disabled people resident in Scotland – around a quarter are registered Blue Badge holders who will benefit from this Bill.

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie welcomed the Bill, which she has supported since it was first mooted.

“This is an issue that many constituents have spoken to me about,” she said, “and I know their views are echoed throughout Scotland, as this was one of the issues that was highlighted by the Disability Inquiry undertaken by the Equal Opportunities Committee while I was Convener of the committee.

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