Parking powers devolved to Holyrood

The door has been opened for the Scottish Parliament to gain new powers to deal with nuisance and inconsiderate parking.

The UK Government has made amendments to the Scotland Bill to make it clear that Holyrood has the power to tackle the problem.

The move, announced by Scotland Office minister Andrew Dunlop, will address the long-standing question over the Scottish Parliament’s competence in this area.

Lord Dunlop said: “I am very pleased we are able to act on giving Holyrood the powers to tackle inconsiderate parking.

“We know that inconsiderate parking makes life difficult for pedestrians, and I am grateful to Living Streets Scotland, Guide Dogs Scotland and other groups who have raised this important issue.

“There has long been a demand for the Scottish Parliament be able to tackle this and I am pleased that we have been able to do so.

“This is a good example of working with the Scottish Government to deliver for the people of Scotland.”

Guide Dogs Scotland and Living Streets Scotland warmly welcomed the news.

Jane Horsburgh, policy manager for Guide Dogs Scotland, said: “This is great news for people with sight loss, guide dog owners, wheelchair or mobility scooter users, and families with pushchairs.

“People with reduced mobility have been waiting a long time for legislation that can take inconsiderate parking off our streets and allow them to get out and about safely in our communities.”

Stuart Hay, Living Streets Scotland director, said: “The last minute amendment to the Scotland Bill removes the final barrier to outlawing pavement parking.

“Finally, the Scottish Parliament will have the power to protect older, disabled and vulnerable pedestrians from inconsiderate parking, which is fantastic news.”

Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell MP, said: “I believe that this is a positive outcome which will be welcomed by people across Scotland who wish to see Holyrood take responsibility for and address this issue.”