Edinburgh enforcing parking ban with penalties

New Scotland-wide parking rules came into law last year, and Edinburgh will be the first city in Scotland to begin enforcing the ban with penalty charge notices from next week, on Monday 29 January.

It is illegal to:

  • Park on pavements
  • Double park
  • Park at crossing points
  • Park on verges between roads & pavements

The new rules came in on 11 December 2023 and aim to enhance safety for pedestrians and other road users – especially those on wheelchairs or pushing buggies – by vehicles taking up the pavement.


From 29 January, parking attendants in Edinburgh will have powers to issue penalty charge notices to vehicles who break the rules. £100 ticket – reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.

There are some exceptions:

  1. emergency services and medical practitioners in emergency situations;
  2. to allow for certain deliveries and collections; only if the vehicle is unable to wait on the road, the vehicle must leave 1.5m of footway width for pedestrians to pass, and deliveries and collections can only be for a maximum of 20 minutes
  3. deliveries and collections can only be for a maximum of 20 minutes

Are delivery drivers exempt?

According to Edinburgh City Council, ‘there is no specific exception for delivery drivers, and they are expected to follow the rules of the road like any other driver.

However, in certain limited circumstances should all conditions be met, there are allowances to wait on the pavement or double park to allow essential deliveries to be completed.’ Find full details of exceptions in the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019.

Further information listed on the Edinburgh Council website.