Fines could soon be dished out to motorists parking on Dundee’s pavements.
A new bill making its way through the Scottish Parliament would see a nationwide crackdown on pavement parking to make the streets safer for pedestrians.
Dundee City Council could be given the power to fine motorists as part of the Transport (Scotland) Bill for certain offences.
Illegal and inconsiderate parking has been a big concern throughout the city – with some residents claiming the situation is so bad that emergency services are unable to access their homes.
The Scottish Government believes the bill will make public spaces more pleasant and accessible as well as enhancing bus services throughout the country.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “We are providing clearer options for authorities to pursue local franchising or provide services themselves in appropriate circumstances.
“This Bill will allow for decriminalised enforcement of low- emission zones, double parking and parking on pavements.
“It will help transform our towns and cities into cleaner, more accessible and more pleasant spaces to travel and enjoy.”
People parking on pavements in Upper Constitution Street have caused headaches for resident John McGuinness.
He is in favour of fines.
And he said he had looked at the matter along with Dundee Pensioners Forum – of which he is a member – because the problem is now so bad, emergency services cannot access some of the streets.
The 73-year-old added: “It is still very much an issue here.
“My wife took a mini-stroke in January and she had to walk to Stirling Avenue because the ambulance just couldn’t get up the street.”
“It’s a problem all over Dundee but if we can’t persuade people to park in public car parks, why can’t we reduce the cost of parking in the town centre?
“I’m very much in favour of fining people. Something has to be done because I dread to think what would happen if there was a big fire or anything like that up here.”
Fleming Gardens East resident George McPhee said that he has encountered problems with motorists parking on pavements in his area for more than a year.
And, while he supports new measures, the 54-year-old believes simply fining drivers is not the answer.
He said: “I definitely think they should be taking action.
“There’s obviously a bigger problem here. Whether it’s going to solve anything by just walking about and fining people, I don’t know.
“Where I am, there are people on mobility scooters having to drop down on to the road to get round the cars.”
Councillor Charlie Malone said he was “instinctively” in favour of a pavement parking ban but believes transport bosses should be looking ahead at the impact it may have in Dundee.
He said: “There’s been a particular problem in Dryburgh, and it’s often the case where those streets were not designed to cope with the number of cars we’re seeing now.
“It’s really difficult to see how you can resolve it so quickly.
“It’s much more complex than just a simple ban on pavement parking, which is something I’m instinctively in favour of.
“It’s a problem we can’t get away from.
“However, we should be looking ahead to what the impact of a ban would be, in terms of people accessing certain areas of the city.”
North-east region MSP Liam Kerr said: “We support proposals to give councils greater powers over bus services, working in partnership with the private sector.”