"Roadside" Camping in Scottish Laybys
For some years now councils have been erecting 'no overnight parking' signs on Scottish roadside laybys. This is a restriction on campers in two ways i.e. directly obviously, and also indirectly, where a person may wish to park his car and do a multi-day route.
Are these bylaws lawful?
I may be mistaken but I used to believe the common law allowed any traveller to camp, for one night, by the side of the Queen's Highway in the course of his journey.
Am I mistaken, and has anyone challenged these signs?
Robbie Millar, Glasgow
A. I think you are correct, but not 100% positive. I read an article a while back where an English gentleman challanged these signs/restrictions, in the highlands somewhere and it was proved the local councils had no authority to pre vent over night parking etc..