The MP for Glasgow North West is helping raise awareness of the dangers of pavement parking at Guide Dogs’ (un)fairground.
Carol Monaghan MP has joined Guide Dogs Scotland is supporting the Scottish Government’s proposals in the Transport (Scotland) Bill that would prohibit pavement parking in Scotland, except in areas which need a legitimate exemption.
Monaghan spoke with the charity Guide Dogs Scotland at the SNP Conference about the challenges pavement parked cars create for blind and partially sighted people, who may have to risk their safety by walking into the road just to get by.
A survey by Guide Dogs showed that 97% of blind or partially sighted people encounter problems with street obstructions, and 90% of those had experienced trouble with a pavement parked car.
The MP for Glasgow North West heard of the difficulties that councils face in trying to tackle the issue with their current powers, and why Guide Dogs is calling for a clear law on pavement parking.
To illustrate the problem, the charity asked Carol to clear the streets of pavement parked cars against the clock on a specially-themed whack-a-mole game.
Carol Monaghan MP is supporting Guide Dogs’ campaign to make pavement parking an offence, except in areas where local authorities grant specific exemptions. This would give local authorities real power to properly tackle this problem.
Commenting, Carol Monaghan MP said:
“It was great to meet with Guide Dogs Scotland at the SNP Conference to discuss the challenges pavement parked cars create for pavement users.
“Pavement parking can cause significant inconvenience and problems particularly for blind and partially sighted people, and this is a great concern to many of my constituents in Glasgow North West.
“The Scottish Government have carried out and published a consultation on parking in Scotland following Sandra White MSP’s introduction of a pavement parking bill during the previous parliamentary term. The new Transport (Scotland) Bill was laid before the Scottish Parliament in June, which will tackle “obstructive and inconsiderate” parking, and I look forward to following the progress of this.”
Niall Foley, Engagement Manager at Guide Dogs Scotland, commented:
“Cars blocking pavements are a nuisance for everyone, but can be a real danger for people for people with sight loss, potentially forcing them out into the roads to get by. The powers that councils and police have at the moment aren’t sufficient to tackle the problem, and that’s why we are supporting the Scottish Government’s proposals in the Transport (Scotland) Bill for a clear law where drivers cannot park on the pavement unless they’re in a specifically designated area.”