Edinburgh councillor hails new pavement parking ban

The head of transport in Edinburgh has hailed the city’s new rules banning parking on pavements as “leading the way” on enforcing the Scotland-wide prohibition.

Scottish regulations giving councils the power to enforce the new rules came into effect on 11 December, aimed at addressing “the inconvenience inconsiderate parking causes to all road users, in particular those with mobility issues, visual impairments, and people with pushchairs”.

Edinburgh became the first city to implement the rules yesterday, with drivers who do mount the kerb and park facing a fine of £100 from the city council, which will be cut to £50 if paid within 14 days.

Councillor of Transport for Edinburgh, 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 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, but we’ll continue to monitor streets across the city to make sure the impacts on the wider network are minimal.”

(File picture – Scottish Greens)

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