Disabled Scots mum praises new fines for drivers who park on pavements

Kim Cramond and her son Cameron unable to pass a parked car
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A disabled Dunblane mum who has been left trapped by selfish parking has welcomed the news that Stirling Council will begin fining drivers for blocking the pavement from next month.

Kim Cramond has MS and has been a wheelchair user for three years.

She described being forced to turn back on the way to the park with her son Cameron, three, because she couldn’t get past cars on the pavement.

Kim said: “As a wheelchair user, I’m at a lower height to most people and if I have to negotiate around a car that’s parked on the pavement and I’m forced to move onto the road, it’s really dangerous for me and my young son as motorists might not see us.

“We can’t always return immediately to the pavement either, as there may be no dropped kerbs nearby that will allow us to safely negotiate a way off the road and back on to the footways.

“There have been times when I’ve been taking Cameron to the park and we’ve had to return home because we can’t get past a car that’s inconsiderately parked on the pavement.”

Enforcement against parking on pavements, parking at crossing points and double parking will begin in Stirling on July 15.

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New regulations came into force in Scotland in December 2023, designed to tackle the problems caused by inconsiderate parking, especially for people with mobility issues, visual impairments and those with pushchairs.

From July 15 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) will be issued for the three new contraventions. The fine is £100, reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days of issue.

Stirling Council is the latest in a line of local athorities, including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, to introduce enforcement.

Kim added: “I understand motorists don’t always park this way because they’re selfish. People park their cars without thinking, perhaps to save it from being scratched. I’ve done it too in the past, but keeping a car safe isn’t more important than keeping people safe.

“I’m pleased to see enforcement coming in because it’s a chance to educate motorists. Pavements are for people, not vehicles.”

Earlier this year, at a full council meeting, SNP Forth and Endrick councillor Rosemary Fraser asked why the pavement parking ban had not yet been introduced in the authority’s area.

Environment, transport and net zero convener, Labour councillor Jen Preston, said: “The amendments to the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 relating to pavement parking came into effect on December 19 2023. Enforcement of this law means that drivers could be fined £100 for pavement parking, double parking and parking at dropped kerbs, reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.

“Officers have undertaken work to review areas where pavement parking currently takes place.

“Enforcement of pavement parking is expected to commence in July 2024.

“The council’s website will be updated so that the impact of this law is clear to communities, and a period of notification in those areas where pavement parking is prevalent will be undertaken prior to the commencement of enforcement.

“A briefing will be arranged for all elected members in June prior to commencement of enforcement.”

Asked by Councillor Fraser if there would be sufficient enforcement officers to implent the new legislation and when councillors would be told which areas were exempt, Councillor Preston replied: “Yes. The briefing will share with members which areas are exempt.

“You’re going to have areas where people park on the pavement out of habit and areas where they park on the pavement because they feel other vehicles can’t get past if they don’t do it.”