The Scottish Government has published the Transport Bill outlining a range of proposals to address issues including air quality and roadworks. One key proposal will involve the banning of pavement parking across Scotland.
Other proposals include allowing local councils to set up their own London style low emission zones, which should prove to be a nice little earner by taxing owners of diesel or older petrol cars simply for commuting to work.
RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “Parking is an emotive issue for many drivers, and there is certainly support for local authorities to clamp down on selfish parking where pavement access is blocked for pedestrians and vulnerable users.
However there are instances, particularly on narrow residential streets, where motorists believe they are doing the right thing by putting a wheel or two on the kerb so not to impede road access for other vehicles while also making sure they leave adequate space for those using the pavement and particularly wheelchair users.
“All eyes will now be on a set of standards and guidance that the Scottish Government will produce for local authorities which we hope will also be clear for motorists to understand. It’s important that common sense prevails over what is and isn’t acceptable.”