West Dunbartonshire Council has been urged to use new powers to introduce a full ban on pavement parking as soon as possible by MSP Ross Greer. 

The Scottish Green MSP said there should be limited exemptions on the ban, such as for emergency service vehicles.

Mr Greer said: "Pavements must be safe for everyone to use, they’re not just extra parking spaces for cars.

“Yet, all over West Dunbartonshire we see some inconsiderate drivers parking wherever they want, forcing those with buggies, in wheelchairs and other more vulnerable pedestrians onto the road just to get past them."

All councils are now free to act on new legislation, which became effective last month. 

However as previously reported, West Dunbartonshire Council has not yet named a date when they intend to begin enforcing the ban locally.

MSP Greer added: "Nobody should have to put themselves in a dangerous position because a car is parked where it shouldn’t be. Enforcing this ban is an important step in ensuring that our streets and communities are safer for everyone.

“That’s why I’m encouraging West Dunbartonshire Council to use these new powers to introduce a full ban with only very limited exemptions as soon as possible.”

A WDC spokesperson said: “Parking enforcement powers in West Dunbartonshire currently sit with Police Scotland. 

“Once the powers have been transferred to the council – which is expected this year – enforcement of pavement parking will be programmed.

“Work to understand the impact this will have on both drivers and pedestrians is ongoing and our priority is to ensure this legislation improves safety on roads as well as pavements throughout West Dunbartonshire.”