Date lodged: 23 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of proposals in the Transport (Scotland) Bill to ban double and pavement parking so that loading vehicles will need to move to loading bays or risk a fine, how many loading bays there are in (a) North Ayrshire and (b) Inverclyde.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 5 February 2019
The Scottish Government does not hold information on the number of loading bays as this is a matter for both North Ayrshire and Inverclyde Councils.
The provisions within the Transport (Scotland) Bill provide an exception that would enable delivery vehicles involved in loading or unloading of goods in the course of their business to park on the pavement for up to 20 minutes if there is inadequate parking provision available. If the driver of the vehicle needs longer than 20 minutes they will be required to park in a dedicated loading/parking bay or risk being issued a penalty charge notice.
Local authorities have duties under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as local traffic authorities, to secure the expeditious convenient and safe movement of vehicular and other traffic, as well as providing adequate parking facilities for both on and off street.