How we suspend parking bays

How we suspend parking spaces

When it is necessary to suspend parking spaces this will normally be done by displaying a warning sign a minimum of three working days before the suspension is due to start, and by leafleting cars and households in the immediate vicinity.

The regulations require that the suspension warning sign should be placed in or adjacent to the suspended area and this is usually done by displaying a sign on the nearest post or lighting column to the suspended area bearing a parking sign (providing such a post is available). This applies even if a telegraph pole, fence or tree may be closer, although these alternatives may be used if there is no other option.

Therefore, drivers should always check the nearest parking bay sign post to where they have parked, to find out whether a suspension applies. If a parking bay sign post is not available, suspension signs may be placed on the nearest street furniture (for example, a lighting column, telegraph pole, tree or in extreme circumstances a fence) to the suspended area.

Emergency suspensions

If a suspension relates to an emergency it is usually not be possible to provide advance warning.

Drivers should check for bay suspensions before parking, and each day if the vehicle is to be left for longer periods.

Parking in bay suspensions

You will:

  • Provide the name of the company if your vehicles are liveried
  • Provide the registration number if your vehicles are not liveried

Parking suspensions are granted for specific reasons and cannot be used for parking purposes only. This includes personal vehicles used for packing boxes before a removal or works vehicles working in private properties.

The suspended area is solely for the use of authorised vehicles to load and unload or authorised highway works vehicles.

Personal vehicles

Private/personal vehicles may not be used to save additional space as they will be subject to receiving a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) if sufficient space has not been booked for the suspension area required by the vehicle.

Unauthorised vehicles

Unauthorised vehicles parked in a suspended bay will get a PCN and will be relocated to the nearest legal parking space.

It is a legal requirement that a PCN is issued to a vehicle before it is removed or relocated.

If you want to find out if your vehicle has been removed or relocated, call the TRACE Service: 0300 077 0100.

Parking suspensions are granted for specific reasons and cannot be used for parking purposes only. This includes personal vehicles used for packing boxes before a removal or works vehicles working in private properties.

The suspended area is solely for the use of authorised vehicles to load and unload or authorised highway works vehicles.