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21 October 2015

Stevenson Hooks-A-Truck to Clean Up Problem Pavement Parking

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, took on the Hook-A-Truck challenge at the SNP Conference when charity Guide Dogs Scotland demonstrated the daily difficulties faced by people with sight loss.

The charity used a twist on the funfair game ‘Hook-a-Duck’ to highlight the campaign, and Mr Stevenson became the guide when he navigated a rubber duck round a stream of obstacles.

Mr Stevenson supports Guide Dogs Scotland’s campaign on pavement parking, including a proposed law to stop people from parking on pavements anywhere except where the council deems it unavoidable.

Mr Stevenson said:

“There are nearly two million people in the UK who are living with sight loss, and by 2050 there could be nearly four million - so it’s more important than ever that our streets are safe for people who are blind or partially sighted.

“Badly parked cars are putting the lives of pedestrians – in Banffshire and Buchan Coast – and elsewhere at risk every day. These vehicles are forcing people to step out into the road, without being able to clearly see on-coming traffic.”

Guide Dogs Scotland is currently running an online petition for the public to sign in support of the Footway Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill, so local people can play their part in ending problem parking at www.guidedogsscotland.org.uk.

Jane Horsburgh, Policy Manager for Guide Dogs Scotland, added:

“Parking on pavements is blighting our streets. It puts all pedestrians in danger, particularly those living with sight loss.

“It is terrifying for someone who cannot see oncoming traffic to take the risk of stepping out into a road because someone has decided to park on the pavement. We hope this bill will see this dangerous practice outlawed once and for all, and call on all MSPs to back a change in the law."
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