Let us penalise pavement parkers, says South Lanarkshire Council

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Local authorities should have the power to penalise motorists who park on pavements.

That’s according to South Lanarkshire Council, which wants pavement parking to be decriminalised the same way other parking offences have been in the past.

As it stands, Police Scotland is responsible for monitoring pavement parking and issuing fines whenever pedestrians or other vehicles have been obstructed.

The council believes its parking wardens would tackle the growing problem in the same way they have cracked down on parking on double yellow lines, double parking and failure to pay for parking.

South Lanarkshire Council made its views known in a response to the Scottish Government’s Improving Parking in Scotland consultation, the Daily Record reports.

In a paper put before councillors at this week’s meeting of the community and enterprise resources committee, it states: “We believe obstructive pavement parking is best managed by the decriminalisation of existing powers in relation to obstructive parking such that council officers can undertake the necessary enforcement.

“An amendment to, and clarification of, current legislation, with respect to who can enforce it, is all that is required.”

The vast majority of the council’s residential roads are below 7.3 metres in width, and in certain cases, narrow streets make parking on the pavement unavoidable. The council said it would “assess all of them in terms of their suitability for some degree of pavement parking”.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Andy Dixon, a parent and keen cyclist, said the growing numbers of cars on Scotland’s roads means roads and pavements are already getting clogged up with parked cars.

He explained: “Castle Chimmins Road is a good example of this. Essentially a narrow road that cannot accommodate the amount of cars being parked on it. Whilst some cars and vans are parked considerately some are not, meaning that the pavement is essentially blocked by the vehicle.”

This would inconvenience those on mobility scooters and parents with prams or groups of kids, Mr Dixon added.

Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, commented: “There are laws in place making it illegal to drive on or obstruct the pavement, but it isn’t very often that we see them being enforced by the police. While it is essentially tolerated, it could become a major issue.”