Question:

The Scottish Government has agreed in principle to ban pavement parking across Scotland. Will you be affected by the clause to allow a 20 -minute exemption for loading and unloading deliveries?

Results

Yes 65% (30 respondents) No 35% (16 respondents)

Your comments: 

Will be affected by the clause

“The 20 minutes clause will make the change pointless as I can envisage many local people currently abusing the pavements with their vehicles will use it as an excuse to continue doing as they have done for many years! A ban needs to be an outright ban!”

“Who tells me which vehicles are taking their 20 minute slots? In a worst case scenario, these 20 minute slots could run sequentially so there could be no time at which the pavement was unobstructed. I agree, this is not enforceable and so would make a nonsense of the whole scheme.”

“The problem with waiting 20 minutes for someone to unload, is if it is raining or cold then someone with chronic pain has to sit there in their wheelchair in severe discomfort which will affect their pain levels the rest of the day, or try go around them onto the road which puts them in danger.”

“For far too long parking on pavements has caused damage to pavements and obstruction for pedestrians. The damage apart from looking unsightly, can be a trip hazard. Obstruction prevents safe use of the pavement and is potentially dangerous as people with buggies, wheelchairs/scooters and guide dogs resort to having to walk on the road. The 20 minute exemption for loading and unloading could be abused. What happens if a premises has multiple deliveries each at 20 minute exemption? The pavement would potentially be obstructed for considerable periods of time.”

“If these allow a 20 minute exemption this will undermine the legislation within the bill and I do not think Local Authorities will be able to enforce the 20 exceptions. As it stands LAs don’t have enough resources to enforce decriminalised parking and the abuse of accessible parking bays and blue badges.”

“Extremely concerned about the 20 minute exemption clause, there is no need or logic for delivery vehicles to be exempt from the ban.”

“Who’ll police the 20 mins? How will it be measured? If challenged the delivery driver could have been there for ages but say I’ve just pulled up.” 

“Whether its 2 mins or 20 mins … a delivery van parked on a pavement may still be causing an obstruction that means someone using a wheelchair/mobility scooter etc cannot get safely past.”

“Who will enforce the 20 minute exemption? Yes it is problematic. Likely to be the ” I’ll only be 5 minutes” excuse.”

“This 20 minute clause will be used as an excuse all the time. They might have been pavement parked for 20 minutes before it becomes an issue so does the 20 minutes start then! More importantly who is going to enforce this 20 minute clause ? The police Traffic”

Will not be affected by the clause

“I think it is reasonable to expect some flexibility, particularly in urban settings where access to load/unload is challenging anyway.”

“If cars are not to be allowed to park on pavements, a large sum of money must be given to Councils to create far more parking in Housing Estates and also money to put double yellow lines on one side of each street. We have had buses curtailed in our town because Police insisted that cars must park totally on the road. Buses , delivery lorries and fire engines could not get along many streets. It is a good idea in principle but it has not been thought through, as there are so many place that it would not work.”

“The answer the the question above depends on the width of the pavement and how much of it a vehicle would be allowed to park on. We should be giving people incentives to deliver their goods in more sustainable ways than using vehicles. And in tandem, encouraging people to stop using their cars – or at least use them less – and investing in alternatives e.g. public transport, walking, cycling. This would also help our physical and mental health at an individual and community level.”