Parking enforcement to resume on Monday

Published: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Drivers are being reminded that parking enforcement will resume next week so they will need to be displaying a valid permit, or a pay and display voucher or have paid by phone.

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Since the lockdown began the council has relaxed normal parking arrangements and chosen not to penalise drivers who do not have permits nor purchased a pay and display voucher.

For the past two months, enforcement action has been taken only against vehicles that have been parked dangerously, blocked junctions or caused an obstruction.

But with the lockdown now being eased and life beginning to return to some degree of normality, parking rules are being re-introduced.

The enforcement of parking rules within the borough’s controlled parking zones (CPZs) will formally recommence on Monday, May 25, albeit under normal Bank Holiday restrictions that day.

On the Bank Holiday Monday people can park for free for as long as you like in any marked bay in a CPZ. Motorists will not need to purchase a pay and display ticket, pay-by-phone or display a parking permit.

The yellow line restriction however will apply from Monday. This is because yellow lines are situated at locations where parked vehicles could be a hazard or cause an obstruction.

From Tuesday, May 26, people who do not have a permit but are currently using a space within a controlled parking zone will need to either purchase a permit, obtain a dispensation or park elsewhere. Again, all those parking on single yellow lines will need to move their vehicles.

Although normal parking controls will resume next week for most drivers, free parking will continue for NHS staff and social care workers.

The council’s transport spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “Since the lockdown began motorists in Wandsworth have been permitted to park almost anywhere without fear of receiving a parking ticket. The only ones to have been penalised are those who have parked dangerously or without consideration for other road users and pedestrians.

“But with the first tentative steps now being taken to move out of lockdown and bring life back to a semblance of normality, we can expect traffic levels to increase and therefore we need to start taking action to protect our residents and ensure they have the spaces they need to park safely.”

“But of course, in recognition of the crucial roles still being played by NHS staff and care workers, we will continue to offer them free dispensation so that if they are using cars to drive to work for social distancing reasons they can carry on doing so without worrying about getting a ticket.”

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