Drivers in Ayrshire could soon face fines for parking on pavements under new legislation being introduced. 

The Scottish Parliament has passed the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019, which bans pavement parking, double parking and parking at dropped kerbs nationwide. 

From December 11, local authorities can begin to enforce the law, but only Edinburgh City Council has so far confirmed it will do this from January 2024. 

A public information campaign is getting under way to make people aware that they could soon be fined for parking on the pavement.

Under the new Act, drivers could be fined £100 for these parking behaviours; reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.

Minister for Transport Fiona Hyslop said: “The message here is clear: pavement parking is unsafe, unfair and illegal, and you could be fined up to £100 for it.

“Local authorities can begin to issue fines from December 11, so this campaign is really important to make sure everyone in Scotland is aware that enforcement is coming.

“We’re highlighting the danger that illegal pavement parking poses to pavement users, and in particular those with mobility issues or visual impairments, or parents pushing prams and buggies.

“Scotland is the first of the four nations to make pavement parking illegal nationwide.

"This change in legislation is a step towards developing communities that are better able to support active travel, building on the work that is already under way to reduce emissions and helping us meet our world-leading climate change targets.”

For more information visit the Transport Scotland website.