SNP Councillors welcome new Pavement Parking legislation

“The powers to tackle pavement parking within the newly passed Transport (Scotland) Bill is good news to many communities across Paisley and Renfrewshire” said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest) welcoming the Transport (Scotland) Bill passing the final Parliamentary hurdle before becoming law.

This new legislation will outlaw pavement parking (and double parking) bringing relief to many residents in Paisley and Renfrewshire. Cllr MacLaren has highlighted this problem a number of times – particularly in the Marchfield Avenue area of Paisley – where residents are often faced with vehicles parked on pavements making it difficult for those with mobility problems or even parents with prams. Fines for pavement and double parking will be issued by council wardens.

Previously the SNP MSP Sandra White tried to introduce legislation against parking on pavements in 2016 but her attempts ran out of time.

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Cllr MacLaren highlighting the problem of pavement parking in Paisley

Councillor Kenny MacLaren added:

“The new legislation once enacted will tighten up the laws around pavement parking making it easier to tackle pavement parking, passing powers to community wardens to issue fines.

“Too many drivers park irresponsibly, causing problems for those who have mobility problems and then have to face walking on the road to get past the vehicle blocking the pavement.

Councillor Will Mylet said:

“This is great news for communities in Paisley and will be welcomed by many people. Cllr MacLaren and myself have previously contacted the relevant Director in Renfrewshire Council to ensure that we will have enough wardens to implement these powers effectively.

“There is also the potential for the council to make savings from having to repair pavements damaged by vehicles parked on them.”