Don’t park on pavements says MSP McInnes

North East MSP Alison McInnes has called on drivers to be considerate of pedestrians and not park on pavements.

She said: “A number of constituents have contacted me recently about this long-running issue. They are aggrieved that thoughtless drivers block pavements so that they have to walk on the road.

“Parents with prams or buggies and people on wheelchairs are put in danger by these vehicles.

“I have had complaints from – among other places - Ellon, Aberdeen, Peterhead, Newtonhill, and Inverurie, but I have seen it happening throughout the country.

“It seems to be more prevalent nowadays as today many families have more than one car and live in areas which were not designed with that in mind. However far too many people just do not realise the difficulty they cause people.

“The Highway Code says that parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.

“Under section 129(5) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, it is illegal to drive on the pavement, but the position is less clear with regards to casual or occasional parking on the pavements.

“Police have powers under section 137 of the Highways Act 1980 which makes it an offence to wilfully obstruct the free passage of the highway but from anecdotal evidence, the police rarely take enforcement action on cars parked on pavements.”