MP calls on driv­ers to stay on the road

Wishaw Press - - SCHOOL NEWS - Ross Thom­son

Wishaw MP Mar­ion Fel­lows is back­ing a bid to stop un­safe pave­ment park­ing af­ter a meeting with Guide Dogs Scot­land.

A sur­vey by the char­ity showed that 97 per cent of blind or par­tially sighted peo­ple en­counter prob­lems with street ob­struc­tions, and 90 per cent of those had ex­pe­ri­enced trou­ble with a pave­ment or parked car.

The MP for Mother­well and Wishaw heard of the dif­fi­cul­ties that coun­cils face in try­ing to tackle the is­sue with their cur­rent pow­ers, and why Guide Dogs is call­ing for a clear law on pave­ment park­ing.

Mrs Fel­lows said: “It is im­por­tant that our com­mu­ni­ties are com­mu­ni­ties for all. This must in­clude peo­ple who re­quire the use of guide dogs.

“For those of us who do not re­quire a guide dog, we can only imag­ine how dif­fi­cult it must be for peo­ple to go about their dayto-day lives.

“The Scot­tish Govern­ment’s pro­posed na­tion­wide ban on pave­ment park­ing will re­place the need for each coun­cil to in­tro­duce re­stric­tions via traf­fic reg­u­la­tion or­ders and give lo­cal au­thor­i­ties new pow­ers to tackle this prob­lem.

“MSPS have shown wide­spread sup­port for the ban and I am de­lighted that it will be­come a re­al­ity.”

Mrs Fel­lows is sup­port­ing Guide Dogs’ cam­paign to make pave­ment park­ing an of­fence, ex­cept in ar­eas where lo­cal au­thor­i­ties grant spe­cific ex­emp­tions.

This would give coun­cils real power to prop­erly tackle this prob­lem.

Guide Dogs Sc o t l a n d engagement man­ager Niall Fo­ley said: “Cars block­ing pave­ments are a nui­sance for ev­ery­one, but can be a real dan­ger for peo­ple with sight loss, po­ten­tially forc­ing them out into the roads to get by. The pow­ers that coun­cils and po­lice have at the mo­ment aren’t suf­fi­cient to tackle the prob­lem, and that’s why we are sup­port­ing the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s pro­pos­als for a clear law where driv­ers can­not park on the pave­ment un­less they’re in a des­ig­nated area.” It’s easy to get your news into print

Car call MP Mar­ion Fel­lows with Guide Dogs Scot­land engagement man­ager Niall Fo­ley

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