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For information - the Bill has now been passed by the Parliament.  This webpage describes the Local Government and Communities Committee's work on the Bill.

Introduction

The Local Government and Communities Committee was the lead committee for the Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill was introduced to the Parliament on 2 June 2008.

Background

The general approach of the Bill is to impose a duty on local authorities, in particular circumstances, to exercise its power to make a particular kind of order (which would make the space enforceable) under either section 45 (street parking places) or section 35 (off-street parking places) of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984.  The Bill does not amend the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 itself in any way.

The main aims of the Bill will:

  • Require local authorities to identify all existing advisory disabled street parking places, and, for those still needed, to promote orders.
  • Require local authorities to remove any road markings or sign posts for those existing advisory disabled street parking places that are no longer required.
  • Require local authorities, in relation to disabled off-street parking, to promote an order covering the disabled persons’ parking places in its own public car parks.
  • Require local authorities to contact and seek to negotiate arrangements with owners of, or person having an interest in, private car parks including supermarkets and out of town retail centres.
  • Prevent any further advisory disabled street parking places being created.
  • Enable temporary advisory disabled street parking places to be created while an order is being promoted in relation to that parking place.


Written Evidence

A call for written evidence was issued by the Local Government and Communities committee for interested parties to submit evidence on the general principals of the Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.  The call for evidence is now closed.

Oral Evidence

The Committee took oral evidence from a range of organisations and individuals.

Stage 1 Report

The Committee published its Stage 1 report on the Bill on 13 November 2008.

Stage 1 Debate on the Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Bill

Stage 2 Consideration

The Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2 at its meeting on 17 December 2008.

Stage 3

The Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Bill was passed by Parliament at Stage 3 on 26 February 2009.