Thursday 4 January 2024

Information on the pavement parking ban

Constituents have been in touch seeking more detail about the Scotland-wide ban on pavement parking that launched last month.

The City Council's Team Leader, Parking & Sustainable Transport has updated councillors as follows - but please get in touch if you have any further queries :

"The Scottish Government's national prohibition on pavement parking, double parking and parking across dropped kerbs came into effect on 11th December 2023.

Dundee City Council has begun to issue Warning Notices to vehicles which are in contravention of the new rules. We will continue to issue warnings during December 2023 and January 2024 and this will serve to raise awareness of the new legislation prior to enforcement with penalty charge notices. The warning notices will be attached to windscreens like a formal PCN but will not include a financial penalty. Instead they will notify the driver that the current practice of pavement parking, double parking or parking across a dropped kerb is illegal and may result in a £100 fine (reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days).

The Scottish Government launched a national media campaign on 20th November 2023 to publicise the new legislation and this will be supplemented at a local level with further communications by Dundee City Council. A new Pavement Parking webpage with FAQs will be established on Dundee City Council's website shortly.

Some residents may ask about exemptions, and specifically whether their street will be exempt from the ban. Dundee City Council has carried out a review of the local road network and consulted with elected members, emergency services, and bus operators on the roads that could be eligible for an exemption. Roads assessed as meeting the Transport Act's exemption criteria were approved for inclusion in the promotion of an exemption order by the Council's Fair Work, Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee on 25 September 2023 (Report 255-2023 refers).

Following completion of statutory consultations and public notices, any objections received to the Order will be reported back to Committee to decide whether to proceed with the Order as drafted. The exemption locations can be viewed at the following webpage -

Once we begin full enforcement, requests for the attendance of Parking Attendants to any particular location can be sent to the parking enforcement supervisor who will then deploy staff to these locations where resources allow. Instructions for making enforcement requests will be provided in the FAQs."