DRIVERS caught parking illegally across Glasgow could have their vehicle uplifted if it causes obstruction to firefighters trying to tackle a blaze.

Cars parked on double yellow lines, the the Southside at Pollokshields, Pollokshaws and Shawlands make it harder for Scottish Fire and Rescue to do their job.

The issue appears to be a problem throughout the country.

In December last year Churchgoers in Clarkston were accused of blocking access to a fire which destroyed the home of a family of six.

Fire crews were called to Carolside Avenue but arrived to find the street blocked by the cars of parishioners attending midday mass at the nearby St Joseph’s Church.

Some had parked on double yellow lines at the junction with Cecil Street forcing Scottish Fire and Rescue to reverse and access the street from the opposite direction.

Following the incident the family had to stay with their relatives.

At the Pollokshields area partnership a representative from Scottish Fire and Rescue said measures had been taken to address the problem.

Stephen McGrath said: “Recently there have been incidents highlighted to us.

“Cars have been parking on double yellow lines or double parking and restricting access to people who need our help.

“We have been going around parts of the city including Pollokshields, Pollokshaws and Shawlands with leaflets and encouraging drivers to move when they are unlawfully parked.

“We hope people will be more considerate when they are parking and stop double parking.

“Don’t get me wrong if our path is blocked we will get there but we don’t want to damage vehicles.

“We can ask police to remove cars which are in our way.”

The issue was discussed by members of the partnership.