The consultation paper will set out proposed arrangements that aims to deliver a consistent approach to managing parking in Scotland. It invites views on how we can improve the clarity of the laws on parking, what restrictions that should be applied, the exceptions that should be granted, how those responsible can deliver an integrated approach to managing parking, how we should tackle displacement of vehicles and support town centre regeneration whilst improving accessibility for all.
Why We Are Consulting
In May 2015, Sandra White MSP, introduced the Footway Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill. However, the Bill was not enacted into law as the Scottish Parliament did not have power to legislate on the reserved matter. The Scottish Government made a commitment in December 2015 to progress this important matter once powers on parking were devolved. On 24 March 2016, the Scotland Act 2016 received Royal Assent, and powers to legislate on parking matters were devolved to the Scottish Parliament.
Due to the complex nature of parking and level of concerns that were raised by stakeholders in relation to Ms White's Bill, the Scottish Government set out a general intention to use the powers devolved by the Scotland Act 2016 to legislate on parking. The findings of the stakeholder consultation will inform the development of the parking provisions in the Government's Bill and supporting guidance to be introduced in this Parliamentary session.