Scottish bill promises better transport

June 13 2018  

Scottish bill promises better transport

Banning footway parking and improving roadworks regulation are among the key provisions of a new Transport (Scotland) Bill which has been laid before the Scottish Parliament.

The Bill grants new powers to local authorities and, according to Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, will help to develop “a cleaner, smarter public transport system with improved connectivity, accessibility and greater economic benefits” for the country.

If passed into law, it will introduce a national ban on pavement and double parking to make it easier for local authorities to ensure footways and roads are safer and more accessible to all users.

Living Streets Scotland welcomed the move and urged the rest of the UK to follow Scotland’s lead. “An outright ban (on footway parking) will make it possible for everyone to enjoy our streets, walk more of our everyday journeys and bring relief from the actions of irresponsible drivers to vulnerable pedestrians,” said the group’s director Stuart Hay.

“The Scottish Government should be commended for responding to the overwhelming public support for action.”

The Bill also strengthens the powers of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner to help ensure works are completed correctly first time, and to introduce a consistent approach to safety on sites.

Local authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships will be given greater flexibility to improve bus services through partnership working with operators or, where there is a good case for doing so, local franchising or running services themselves.

“This government will not stand by as bus passenger numbers decline,” said Humza Yousaf. “Partnership is at the centre of our proposals, with a new model for local authorities to work with bus operators to revitalise services.”

The Bill also allow the creation and decriminalised enforcement of Low Emission Zones, and standardise smart ticketing technology to enable more convenient travel between cities.

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