RUTHERGLEN MSP BACKS LAW TO END UNSAFE PAVEMENT PARKING

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RUTHERGLEN MSP BACKS LAW TO END UNSAFE PAVEMENT PARKING

Clare Haughey MSP spoke with the charity Guide Dogs Scotland about the challenges pavement parked cars create for blind and partially sighted people who may have to risk their safety by walking into the road just to get by.

A survey by Guide Dogs showed that 97% of blind or partially sighted people encounter problems with street obstructions, and 90% of those had experienced trouble with a pavement parked car.

The MSP for Rutherglen heard of the difficulties that councils face in trying to tackle the issue with their current powers, and why Guide Dogs is calling for a clear law on pavement parking.

To illustrate the problem, the charity asked Ms Haughey to clear the streets of pavement parked cars against the clock on a specially-themed whack-a-mole game.

Guide Dogs Scotland is supporting proposals in the Transport (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament that would prohibit pavement parking, except in areas which need a legitimate exemption. Clare Haughey MSP is supporting this Bill to give local authorities real power to properly tackle this problem.

Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:

““I’m grateful to Guide Dogs Scotland for discussing the issue of irresponsible parking on pavements and the dangers it presents to blind and partially sighted people.

“I’m supportive of measures to tackle the problem, however we must allow for legitimate exemptions. While there might be challenges in some streets, workable solutions can and should be found.

“Indeed, one of the key provisions of the Transport Bill is to give local authorities the ability to promote exemptions from the national ban.

“Proper control will also make life easier and safer for other pavements users such as people in wheelchairs and folk with buggies and prams.”

Niall Foley, Engagement Manager at Guide Dogs Scotland, added:

“Cars blocking pavements are a nuisance for everyone, but can be a real danger for people for people with sight loss, potentially forcing them out into the roads to get by.

“The powers that councils and police have at the moment aren’t sufficient to tackle the problem, and that’s why we are supporting the Scottish Government’s proposals in the Transport (Scotland) Bill for a clear law where drivers cannot park on the pavement unless they’re in a specifically designated area.”

ENDS

Notes:

Below is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP playing Guide Dogs Scotland’s whack-a-mole game.

Clare Haughey MSP - Guide Dogs

For more information about Guide Dogs Scotland and its Pavement Parking campaign, contact Engagement Manager Niall Foley on 0118 983 6131 or niall.foley@guidedogs.org.uk

 

Date published: 7th November 2018

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