Scottish Parliament to examine effectiveness of disabled parking legislation

The Scottish Parliament is launching an investigation into the effectiveness of the Disabled Person’s Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009.

The Act was aimed at stopping disabled parking spaces being used by those who are not entitled to use them – and a Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee will be examining how effective the legislation has been.

The Act gives authorities the power to take action against non-beue badge holders using accessible parking bays, but some spaces are merely advisory and rely on the goodwill of drivers not to park in them.

Local Government and Communities Committee Convener, Bob Doris MSP, said:

“Around one million people in Scotland are disabled and rely on disabled persons’ parking in order to access everyday services that most of us take for granted. The abuse of these parking spaces can have a hugely negative impact on the lives of those who rely on these spaces.

“We want to hear from people about whether the legislation is working as well as it should be. Has the legislation simplified the process and helped to stop the misuse of disabled parking on our high streets, private parking and in residential areas?”

The Committee will be looking for evidence from disabled drivers, asking:

  • If the Act has achieved its aim of preventing disabled persons’ parking spaces being used by those who are not entitled to?
  • How well is the local authority in your area carrying out its duties required by the Act to convert all advisory on-street disabled persons’ parking places into enforceable parking places, unless they are no longer required?
  • Any other issues relating to the Act which you wish to bring to the attention of the Committee?

Submissions should be limited to no more than six pages of A4. Responses should be sent, if possible, electronically and in MS Word format to LGCCommittee@parliament.scot. You can keep up to date with the latest from the Committee on Twitter at @SP_LocalGov.

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