Since 2010, various MSPs have been trying to introduce new laws at Holyrood that would make it easier for councils to regulate pavement parking.
The most recent attempt, by Sandra White, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, saw 95% support for a change to the rules that would make it illegal to park on pavements, block dropped kerbs and double park on roads.
Despite this support, it fell at the final hurdle when Scottish Parliament officers decided that the power to regulate this was still reserved to Westminster.
But all is not lost. Now Leith MP Mark Lazarowicz has taken up the torch, and lodged a Private Members Bill that would devolve sufficient powers to Holyrood to allow MSPs to legislate on this issue.
Mark said: “This Bill would ensure that the Scottish Government has the power to make a real difference to our streets by tackling irresponsible parking that can block pavements, kerbs and crossings and choke the flow of traffic.
“It can be dangerous where for instance it pushes people into the road to get past or impedes a wheelchair user from crossing a street because someone had thoughtlessly blocked a dropped kerb.
“A Bill in the Scottish Parliament has had its progress delayed because of conflicting legal advice as to whether the power to legislate to tackle irresponsible parking is still reserved or not.”
“I want to cut through that with this Bill which would specifically devolve this power once and for all to make a practical difference to the streets in our towns and cities in Scotland.”
The Bill will be debated in Westminster on September the fifth, where it is reportedly 2nd in the queue.
Parking has not become a referendum issue yet.
But given the timing of the debate just a few days before the referendum vote, we can confirm that no-one is speculating on whether Mark’s pavement parking bill is part of a secret Better Together campaign plan to practically demonstrate more devolution is possible prior to the big vote. Not yet anyway.