New pavement parking rules in UK from July 15 with £100 fines for drivers

New parking laws will begin in the UK in July, it has been warned, with road users, motorists and drivers urged to brush up on the changes. New parking laws to launch next month could see drivers slapped with fines in Scotland.

The new measures will come into force from July 15. From July 15, drivers in the Scottish city of Stirling must abide by strict parking rules which prevent them from parking on pavements, motoring groups have warned drivers in the city.

Penalties will be issued to drivers who ignore the rules including a £100 fine, reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days of issue. Under the rules, drivers cannot park in front of, or alongside another vehicle or, more than 50cm away from the edge of the carriageway.

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Kim Cramond, from Dunblane, who has multiple sclerosis and has been a wheelchair user for three years, 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 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 onto the footways.” She added that people park their cars “without thinking, perhaps to save it from being scratched”.

Ms Cramond added: “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."

There are certain exemptions for the likes of emergency workers and services, the council says.