The Scottish Government has launched a public
consultation on parking with the aim of delivering a consistent approach to
managing parking across the country.
The consultation, which runs to 30 June, seeks views on
how the clarity of the laws on parking can be improved, what restrictions
should be applied, the exceptions that should be granted, how those responsible
can deliver an integrated approach to managing parking, how the displacement of
vehicles should be tackled and how town centre regeneration can be supported whilst
improving accessibility for all.
Commenting on launch of the consultation, RAC roads policy spokesman Nick
“The RAC welcomes this consultation from the Scottish
Government on improving parking. Parking is an emotive issue and certainly
inconsiderate parking is as much a frustration to most drivers as it is to
other road and pavement users.
“However, it is vitally important that a balance is struck.
While many motorists recognise that blocking pavement access for pedestrians
and vulnerable road users is totally unacceptable, they also understand that
are times where a wheel on the kerb may be necessary to prevent narrow roads
from becoming blocked, providing there is sufficient space left on the
“There has to be a good dose of common sense when taking
these proposals forward. The RAC will continue to engage with Transport
Scotland on this area to make sure changes to the laws are clear for Scottish
The consultation document can be viewed at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/road-policy/improving-parking-in-scotland/