Date lodged: 28 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will clarify the laws on disabled parking bays, and what efforts are being made to deter road users who are not disabled from using these bays.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 8 December 2016
The law relating to parking, including disabled parking is primarily governed by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, which specifies what type of parking places can be created by local authorities. Local authorities also have duties under the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009, which complements the legislative framework mentioned above, and places responsibility on all local authorities to promote the proper use of disabled parking places. It aims to make all disabled parking bays enforceable via a traffic regulation order, which local authorities can enforce if they have Decriminalised Parking Enforcement powers or by Police Scotland.
The Scottish Government has no current plans to amend the 2009 Act, however, Transport Scotland officials who are examining issues surrounding responsible parking will consider concerns raised in relation to enforcement of disabled parking bays as part of their public consultation and via a stakeholder group with all local authorities.