Council to ban pavement parking from 1 April

Midlothian Council is to enforce a ban on parking on pavements and dropped kerbs and double parking.

To make streets safer

The measure has been introduced to make it easier for pedestrians and people with mobility issues to safely use streets in the county.

Offenders will be fined

From Monday 1 April, offenders face a £100 fine, which will be reduced to £50 if paid within the first 14 days.

Park considerately

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for roads and pavements, Councillor Dianne Alexander said: “Every motorist needs to take heed and park considerately so as not to obstruct roads and pavements.

No excuses

“Our pavements are for pedestrians, not cars. If you cannot find a parking space other than by parking on a pavement, dropped kerb or double parking, the message is clear – park elsewhere or face a fine of £100.”

A graduated approach

Cllr Alexander went on to explain parking attendants and the council will be taking a graduated approach, explaining the new rules to motorists, residents and wider communities before they come into effect and immediately after to allow people to understand what’s expected of them.

Following Edinburgh and Dundee

Among other authorities to have introduced a ban since the legislation came into force in December 2023, are Edinburgh City Council and Dundee City Council.

More than 2,000 roads assessed

Approving the measures at the full Council meeting today (Tuesday), councillors heard 2,097 Midlothian roads were assessed in preparation for the new legislation to better understand parking behaviour and the impact of the new rules.

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26 Mar 2024