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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02576: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that local authorities use the powers available to them under the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 September 2016

The role of the Scottish Ministers, under the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009 (“the 2009 Act”), extends to:

making regulations in relation to the content of the applications made by relevant persons;

making regulations relating to the content of the report Local Authorities are obliged to produce under section 11(1) of the 2009 Act; and,

preparing a report compiling and collating the information provided by Local Authorities under section 11(1) and laying this report before the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Ministers can also make regulations relating to the content of the reports.

A Scottish Ministers report, for reporting year 2015-16, is due to be laid before parliament by 30 September 2016. It is for local authorities to consider how best to meet their duties.

Transport Scotland officials are setting up a stakeholder group with parking managers from all local authorities in Scotland and issues relating to the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009 will be discussed at that meeting.