Call to back proposed legislation to help blind

Guide Dogs Scotland is calling on people to write to their MSPs in support of proposed legislation that will enforce restrictions on irresponsible and dangerous street parking.

Sandra White MSP has lodged the Proposed Responsible Parking (Scotland) Bill with the Scottish Parliament and the proposal must earn the support of MSPs to become law. The deadline for securing the required support is 22 February 2013.

“There is one month to make a difference that will greatly improve the lives of a great many people,” said Jane Horsburgh, Guide Dogs Scotland’s Policy Manager. “Parking across dropped kerbs, crossing points and on pavements poses significant barriers to the mobility of blind and partially sighted people, disabled and older people, as well as families with pushchairs.”

A recent survey by Guide Dogs revealed that almost half of drivers questioned said they would park their car on a pavement, and that many of them don’t think about the danger they pose to people with sight loss.

Keith Irving, Head of Living Streets Scotland, the founder member of the Responsible Parking Alliance, said: “The consultation on a responsible parking bill received a huge response from people across Scotland with overwhelming support for legislation. The time for discussion is over. We are keen to support Sandra White and local authorities to deliver effective legislation which treats all road users fairly and enables all of us to get around safely and easily.”

Niall Foley

Guide Dogs Scotland

24d Milton Road East

Edinburgh

EH15 2NJ