Support for new parking law

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A LEADING disability charity has commended MSPs for their support for a law to clamp down on bad parking which, it says, is risking people’s lives.

Leonard Cheshire Disability, a member of the Responsible Parking Alliance, recently responded to a consultation on the proposed Responsible Parking (Scotland) Bill, which would see restrictions on pavement parking, dropped kerb parking and double parking being enforced more strictly. The deadline for MSPs to add their support for the bill, which has received cross-party backing, was Friday.

Jacq Kelly, the charity’s policy and parliamentary officer, said: “Vehicles parked inconsiderately on pavements, dropped kerbs and raised crossings can make life very difficult for disabled people. There is currently not enough provision to tackle inconsiderate parking.

“This bill poses a genuine opportunity for change, making lives better for many disabled people, such as wheelchair users and those with visual impairments. We are glad that MSPs from across the chamber recognise the importance of this bill and look forward to working with our partners to support the bill, and see it become law.”