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‘Real concerns’ over pavement parking law introduced today that may have ‘knock-on effect'

New pavement parking rules introduced today could have a major “knock-on effect” on residents and may be hard to enforce, according to a concerned councillor.

Midlothian Council in Scotland has introduced a ban on motorists from parking on pavements or dropped kerbs with new driving rules coming into effect from today (April 1).

Council chiefs claim the new rules have been brought in to make it easier for people with mobility issues to safely use the street.

However, Councillor Derek Milligan stressed enforcement could be an issue with traffic wardens not on duty in the evening when more people are at home.

He also claimed there were “real concerns” over a lack of available parking and highlighted the possible consequences of overflowing traffic.

In the council meeting, Derek explained: “I think we have to recognise something has to be done here but I think I have some real concerns that in certain areas parking just isn’t available.

“We are currently seeing the impact in Bonnyrigg where we have cleared the problem from one street and it has had a massive knock-on effect to every street adjoining.

“One of the questions I have been asked is how are we going to enforce this, we do not have traffic wardens working after 6pm.”

Despite the concerns, Midlothian councillors approved the plan at a meeting held last week. The latest move comes after the Scottish Government allowed local authorities to begin enforcing pavement parking rules last December.

From Easter Monday, road users caught breaking the rules will be slapped with a £100 fine.

However, bills could drop to just £50 if road users pay the penalty within just 14 days.

But, officials have also made clear that parking attendants and the council will be taking a graduated approach to the move.

This will allow individuals to learn the new rules and adjust before they are necessarily slapped with charges.

Councillor Dianne Alexander, Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for roads and pavements, has defended the new scheme.

She said: “Every motorist needs to take heed and park considerately so as not to obstruct roads and pavements.

“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.”


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