Free parking on bank holidays

Published: Tuesday 24th December 13

Motorists are being advised that they can park for free in marked out parking bays in the borough’s controlled parking zones on bank holidays over the festive break.

Drivers can park free of charge for as long as they like in marked bays in all the borough’s parking zones on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. They will not need to purchase a pay and display ticket, pay-by-phone or display a parking permit if they use parking bays on these three days. 

However they must avoid parking on yellow lines on these three bank holidays as these restrictions will still be in force. This is because yellow lines are normally situated at places where parked vehicles could cause a hazard or an obstruction.

Drivers who leave their cars in parking bays that are only partially available throughout the day should check the signs carefully to avoid staying there when the yellow line restrictions do come into force. These bays are mainly found in bus lanes.

Motorists who obstruct driveways or park unlawfully in doctors' bays or mandatory disabled bays may also be penalised.

Similarly drivers should not park across dropped kerbs. These are found on virtually every street corner and allow disabled people and parents with pushchairs to safely cross the road.

As well as receiving a penalty notice, vehicles that breach these rules may also be towed away

Motorists using the car parks in Battersea Park over the Christmas break will still need to buy a pay and display ticket or pay-by-phone on the festive season bank holidays. There is no free parking at any time in the park.

Normal parking rules will also apply on the borough’s housing estates - drivers who do not have a valid parking permit should not use these parking spaces.

For more information about parking rules over Christmas and the New Year, and for details of other town hall services, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/openinghours

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Recent comments

The council did hammer motorists on Xmas eve with its motorbike mob buzzing around getting five or six in a row of people caught out visiting or sleeping in,these roads are quiet residential rads,the council does not pass up an opportunity to revenue raise whilst showing its true character ,this free parking on bank holidays is a given yet they are making out they are doing a massive favour..
John Fitzpatrick

26 December 2013