Pavement parking is now banned across Scotland after new legislation was officially introduced on Monday (December 11) to fight the practice. 

Under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019, councils now have the power to fine drivers for breaking these rules with local authorities also being given the power to designate exemptions. 

Speaking of the new rules, Scottish Government minister for transport Fiona Hyslop said: “Local authorities can begin to issue fines from December 11."

She added: “We’re highlighting the danger that illegal pavement parking poses to pavement users, and in particular those with mobility issues or visual impairments, or parents pushing prams and buggies.”

The ban on pavement parking has been widely supported by disability campaigners who have long said that pavement parking has been an obstacle and nuisance. 

What else is prohibited in the Scottish pavement parking ban? 

The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 bans motorists from parking on the pavement, double parking (parking beside a car on the roadside) and from parking on dropped kerbs.  

How much can I be fined for parking on the pavement? 

According to Transport Scotland, drivers can be fined £100 for breaking these new parking rules with this penalty being reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days. 

When will the pavement parking ban be enforced where I live?

While this legislation was introduced by the Scottish Government, it will be the responsibility of the country's 32 local authorities to enforce the bill.

Each council will begin enforcing the legislation on different timetables with Glasgow City Council set to complete a report on how to implement the ban before issuing fines to drivers.

On the other side of the country, Aberdeen City Council looks as though it will introduce the ban by early 2024.

Find out more about the parking ban in your area on your local authority's website.