To Park or not To Park ?

That is the Question that appears so much on Facebook pages and other forums regarding the legality of parking in a Lay-by overnight. Although things have changed slightly in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs who seem to be pulling out all the stops to make such overnight camping a criminal offence. Many folk are now complaining about signs appearing in the Highlands and especially on the North Coast 500 route. Trouble is that the Highland Council has no legal authority to place these sign and they are certainly not enforceable by law as one doesn't exist until the Scottish Parliament passes one and of date they have not. Under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 it is very clear that wild camping is permitted on “unenclosed land” or “wherever access rights apply”Below is a Link to Andy StrangewaysThis is a brilliant piece he did regarding the "No Overnight Parking" One off the most important parts in the article is "Black on yellow ‘No Parking Overnight’ signs are not covered by a traffic regulation order. Non prescribed signs such as this require special approval from the Scottish Ministers but there is no record of them having received any such authorisation. This article is well worth a read especially if you intend to use Lay-bys for an overnighter. If you do....................................Sleep Tight

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