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Consultation on Penalty Charge Notices for Parking Enforcement

Closes 4 Oct 2021

Opened 4 Aug 2021


Since 1997, 21 local authorities in Scotland have introduced decriminalised parking enforcement regimes into their areas.  These regimes enable local authorities to administer their own parking policies and penalty charge schemes to control on-street parking.

We believe parking policies are an essential part of a local authority’s traffic management strategy as they are designed to effectively manage the traffic network, improve and maintain traffic flows whilst reducing congestion. 

The integration of enforcement powers and parking policy enhances a local authority’s accountability to its residents, through better monitoring of the effectiveness of the parking controls in place to ensure that their parking policy is responsive to public needs. 

However, parking has become a contentious issue across our towns and cities as we seek to improve the country’s health and encourage active travel whilst making our streets more accessible for all. 

It’s encouraging to see increased rates of cycling in Scotland, but we know that some people who previously used their private vehicle to travel may be even more reliant on their vehicle now as a result of COVID-19. In addition, measures to encourage active travel through the Spaces for People initiative may have temporarily impacted on-street parking options. To that end, an effective parking enforcement regime is critical to managing to keep Scotland moving (and parking) effectively.

Why your views matter

We have been working to improve parking legislation in Scotland by introducing provisions within the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 that will ban pavement parking, double parking and parking at dropped kerbs, thereby tackling the impact of inconsiderate and obstructive parking.  These changes will impose new duties on local authorities to enforce these new provisions.

For enforcement to be effective, penalty charges for parking in breach of the prohibitions need to be set at an appropriate level.  This is why the Scottish Government is seeking your views on proposals that relate to the Government’s existing guidance on penalty charge levels and also the amount of the penalty charge for the new parking prohibitions which in the future will be set out in regulations. 

Give us your views


  • Transport