In today’s congested urban environments parking can be a pain. You need only see the parking wardens marching through local communities to notice that space is at a premium.
In order to solve the problem, many motorists park on pavements. However, this is not a great solution for pedestrians trying to get about.
Pavement parking causes serious access barriers, especially for people with mobility restrictions and visual impairments. Wheelchair and mobility scooter users, families with prams and cyclists are also badly affected. By obscuring dropped kerbs and raised crossings and by damaging walkways, parked cars create serious obstacles for pedestrians and often force them onto roads with traffic.
Watch this video of a wheelchair user attempting to negotiate a pavement with a parked van:
Currently, driving on the pavement is illegal in Scotland, but it is not against the law to park on pavements.
Joe Fitzpatrick MSP plans to address this issue by bringing forward a member’s bill on the regulation of parking. He wants to see pavement parking outlawed so that pedestrians can use public walkways unimpeded. We support this proposal and believe that pedestrians should be free from obstructions and barriers when they are trying to get from A to B.
As part of the consultation, we are asking older people about their experiences with pavement parking. Do you have any negative experiences? We’re particularly interested in your first hand accounts of trying to negotiate obstructed pavements and any images or videos you may have taken to illustrate your problems.
If you want to get involved, you can take part in the consultation by clicking on this link, or you can email our Senior Policy and Parliamentary Officer, Callum, on firstname.lastname@example.org with any personal experiences, images or videos you may have taken by 30th June 2012.
You are also very welcome to voice your thoughts in the blog’s comment box below – our policy team will take your views forward on the proposed bill.
If you need any more information there is an online FAQ regarding the proposed bill, or you can leave us your questions in the comments box and we will do our best to answer them.
- Learn more on Age Scotland’s ending isolation campaign.
- Get involved with Age Scotland’s Walk In Our Shoes campaign.
Update – 02/07/2012
Please note that the deadline has passed for submission of comments for Age Scotland’s consultation response to the bill.
The topic has been very popular, so if you are still interested in leaving comments you are more than welcome to do so. Please just be aware that we will not be able to take them forward in an official capacity. Thank you!