Scotland has become the first country in the UK to introduce a nationwide ban on pavement parking.
The Transport (Scotland) Bill - first introduced by Derek Mackay MSP in June 2018 - replaces existing, unenforceable laws on obstruction and pavement parking.
“People in wheelchairs, parents with pushchairs and older adults who are currently forced into oncoming traffic when faced with vehicles blocking their path will now be able to enjoy a new freedom,” said Stuart Hay, a director of Living Streets Scotland.
However, he added: ““Our concern around the blanket 20-minute exemption for delivery vehicles remains. This clause undermines the goals of preventing obstruction and pavement damage, while the enforcement of a waiting time is incredibly impractical. Parking for loading must be simple to regulate or enforce if councils are to engage with the problem.”
Living Streets' Chief Executive Joe Irvin urged England and Wales to follow Scotland's lead. “It's high time that everyone can use our streets safely and enjoy the benefits that come from being active, outside and connected to their local community,” he said.
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