Scotland's pavement parking prohibitions: pre-implementation directions and regulations for local authorities

Closed 11 Mar 2022

Opened 17 Dec 2021

Feedback updated 8 Jun 2022

We asked

We asked for your opinion on the Scottish Government’s proposed policy in relation to the Section 52 Regulations (Exemption Order Process) and the Ministerial Directions.

You said

We received a total of 626 responses to the public consultation.  Of these, 20 were submitted by local authorities and 3 by Community Councils.  15 other respondents also identified their organisation, and 589 were listed as individuals.  All feedback received will help inform the content of the Ministerial Directions and the Section 52 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 Ministerial Directions and Section 52 regulations and the feedback received from this consultation will help shape that process.

The full analysis report can be found here.

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 areas of pavement from the pavement parking ban in certain circumstances, according to Ministerial Directions.

A pdf version of the consultation is available at: Scotland’s Pavement Parking Prohibitions - Consultation on Pre-Implementation Directions and Regulations for Local Authorities (

Why your views matter

The purpose of this consultation is to discuss the proposals for those powers, given to local authorities by Regulations, and to gather opinion on those proposals.

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

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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