Steer clear of bank holiday parking tickets
Published: Friday 28th August 15
Motorists can park for free in marked out parking bays in the borough’s controlled parking zones on bank holiday Monday, but are warned to avoid yellow lines.
Drivers can park free of charge for as long as they like in designated parking bays in all the borough’s parking zones on Monday (August 31). They will not need to purchase a pay and display ticket, pay-by-phone or display a parking permit if they use marked parking bays.
However they must avoid parking on yellow lines 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, cycle hire bays, car club 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 people who need to use wheelchairs or mobility scooters and parents with pushchairs to safely cross the road. These drivers are likely to receive a penalty charge notice.
Motorists using the car parks in Battersea Park will still need to buy a pay and display ticket or pay-by-phone. 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.
The council has recently replaced 140 coin-operated parking machines with new machines that accept credit and debit cards so that drivers will no longer need to fumble for change. If you do not have a card on you, there will still be coin-operated machines nearby.
You can also pay to park via the Parkmobile service, which means you can pay via your mobile phone without needing to use a machine at all. Visit www.parkmobile.co.uk.
For details of the parking restrictions on the red routes which are operated by Transport for London on behalf of the Mayor of London please visit tfl.gov.uk