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Glasgow Kelvin MSP Sandra White has welcomed the passing of the Transport (Scotland) Bill, which has resulted in the victory of her long-standing campaign to end pavement parking.
Provisions included in the new Bill, passed into law this week by Parliament, will grant Local Authorities the legal powers to take action against non-delivery/drop-off vehicular parking on pavements.
Pavement parking affects public access and safety, often forcing pedestrians to walk on roads, inhibiting access for those with young children or prams, as well as members of our community who have sensory/physical limitations.
Campaign and representative groups have been calling for changes in the law to tackle these issues, which led to Sandra White MSP undertaking a number of efforts in the current and previous parliamentary sessions to have the required powers devolved to Local Authorities.
The SNP included Ms White’s Private Members Bill into their 2016 manifesto, with the proposal being adopted into the recently passed Transport (Scotland) Bill.
Commenting Sandra White MSP said:
“After many years of campaigning I am delighted to see Local Authorities up and down Scotland finally handed the power to make our pavements safe for all. Irresponsible pavement parking has presented a daily challenge to many of my constituents whether they be out with children, navigating our streets with a physical or sensory restriction, or simply trying to use our pavements safely.
“To gain support from across the entire political spectrum as well as from special interest groups, such as Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, clearly demonstrates that this is a national issue that has impacted on our communities for far too long.
“The Scottish Government listened to our campaign and went so far as to adopt it, resulting in its inclusion in their Transport (Scotland) Bill.
“Now that this Bill has been passed by The Scottish Parliament, Local Authorities will now be empowered to, once and for all, tackle the blight of pavement parking.
“I’d like to give my sincere thanks to every single person who has helped achieve this outcome. This Bill is the perfect example of ‘People Power’ in action!”
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