Scotland's pavement parking prohibitions - consultation on enforcement regulations for local authorities

Closed 28 Jul 2023

Opened 2 Jun 2023

Feedback updated 13 Oct 2023

We asked

We asked for your opinion on the Scottish Government’s proposed policy in relation to the content of the Enforcement Regulations.

You said

We received a total of 462 responses to the public consultation.  Of these, 16 were submitted by local authorities and 3 by Community Councils.  14 other respondents also identified their organisation, and 429 were listed as individuals.  All feedback received will help inform the content of the Enforcement Regulations.

We did

We have published non-confidential responses to the consultation and an analysis of the consultation responses (link below).  Preparations are now underway on the Enforcement Regulations and the feedback received from this consultation will help shape that process.

Read the full analysis report.

Read the Scotland’s Pavement Parking Prohibitions - Consultation on Enforcement Regulations for Local Authorities

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The Scottish Government has been working to improve parking legislation in Scotland in order to tackle the impact of inconsiderate and obstructive parking and ensure that our roads and pavements are accessible for all.

As part of this work, the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 bans pavement parking, double parking and parking at dropped kerbs, and gives local authorities the relevant powers to enforce these new provisions.  The Act also gives local authorities the power to exempt footways from the pavement parking prohibition in certain circumstances and in accordance with Ministerial Directions.

The new powers give local authorities the tools they need to be able to tackle the issues of inconsiderate and obstructive parking which, alongside a planned Government led media campaign, will highlight the problems that inconsiderate parking creates in our everyday lives.  To support these provisions a suite of secondary legislation is necessary to bring new legislation into force and support its operation in practice.

Read the consultation paper.

Why your views matter

Consultation is a key part of this work, allowing us to ensure that the Regulations that underpin these provisions are developed with consistency, transparency and scrutiny embedded within the process.

This consultation focuses on the process that will allow local authorities to enforce the new parking prohibitions, namely the national prohibitions on pavement parking, dropped kerb parking & double parking.  We will consider matters including, the process of issuing and paying a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), reviews and appeals, the manner in which a PCN may be enforced and the steps that may be taken following cancellation of a PCN.

The consultation also seeks views on the amount that may be imposed as a penalty charge, and provision for discounts and charge certificates as well as the keeping and publication of accounts by local authorities.

We would strongly encourage everyone with an interest in the parking prohibitions to respond to this consultation and provide views on our proposals.

What happens next

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public online.  If you use the consultation hub to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us.  Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so.  An analysis report will also be made available.


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