As residents will recall, I have previously raised concerns
about the dangers posed by double parking in several West End streets, often
alongside Eurobins. Drivers have
raised concerns about the safety concerns about cars effectively parked well into
the roadway – a particular danger at night.
Most complaints have come from Rosefield Street and Forest Park Road,
with some from Peddie Street and some other streets.
Having had more concerns raised recently, I highlighted this
to Police Scotland and also to the roads team at the City Council.
Our community police sergeant for the West End and Lochee
has advised :
“You have raised this concern with Police Scotland in the
past and have spoken to the West End Community Officers to see if they had
A colleague previously attempted to deal with this and he
informs me that the previous update from Dundee City Council suggested
legislation was being progressed through parliament to tackle this very issue,
but as a result of COVID-19 ground to a halt.
At this time from a policing perspective, every individual
instance would have to be assessed on its own merits, to establish if any
offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 were being committed.
I appreciate this is not an ideal situation because it does not
bring about any speedy resolution to the problems.
I am aware the council parking attendants were also involved
the last time there was repeated complaints being made but again, I do not
believe they have powers to enforce any penalties in respect of the double
parking as they are not on double yellow lines, hence the need for new
I can only ask that any residents consider contacting Police
Scotland on 101 if they are concerned about the safety of pedestrians and other
road users from the manner of parking of vehicles in the area. The
circumstances can thereafter be fully assessed and police action taken if
deemed relevant and appropriate in the circumstances.”
The council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership Depute Manager
further advised :
“I can confirm the secondary legislation has been delayed
due to the Scottish Ministers prioritising COVID legislation and other
Once we receive the secondary legislation for the ban on
pavement parking and double parking this will make it easier for local
authorities to ensure our pavements and roads are safer and more accessible to
I believe the teams within the Scottish Government will be
looking at this shortly. There are many
parts of the Transport Scotland Act 2019.
Unfortunately I have no definite timescale with Spring/Summer
2022 the latest suggested date been mentioned by Transport Scotland officers.”
The introduction of legislation to stop this dangerous
parking is vital and long overdue and will ensure safer roads in the future,
especially on dark nights.