Free parking on the bank holiday - but please steer clear of yellow lines

Published: Friday 29th April 16

Motorists can enjoy free parking across Wandsworth on Monday’s bank holiday - as long as they stick to marked-out bays in the borough’s controlled parking zones.

Drivers will be able to park free of charge for as long as they like in any designated parking bay on the bank holiday. 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 on Monday, May 2. 

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 or mandatory disabled bays may also be penalised.

Similarly drivers should not park across dropped kerbs. These are found on every street corner and allow people who need to use wheelchairs or mobility scooters and parents with pushchairs to safely cross the road. As well as receiving a penalty notice, vehicles that breach these rules may be towed away

Motorists using the car parks in Battersea Park on the bank holiday 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 spaces.

Normal parking rules will also apply over the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday drivers should check signs where they park to avoid receiving an unnecessary ticket.

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I find it disgraceful that Wandsworth is one of the only London Boroughs that issues parking fines for parking on a single yellow line on a Bank Holiday. They claim it's because it blocks traffic. You can park on a Sunday no problem, but not on a Bank Holiday. What's the difference in terms of traffic?!
Adam Hughes

2 May 2016

Beginning to wonder if parking restrictions should ever be lifted. What I find on Sundays are vans parked right up to corners of roads - impossible to see through or round to be able to turn left or right. Then we have my 'friend' (not) who parks every Sunday in the Wandsworth one way system outside a betting shop - opposite Wandsworth Town hall reducing the road to 3 lanes - even though that 4th lane is a bus lane - .
Liz D

29 April 2016

Beginning to wonder if parking restrictions should ever be lifted. What I find on Sundays are vans parked right up to corners of roads - impossible to see through or round to be able to turn left or right. Then we have my 'friend' (not) who parks every Sunday in the Wandsworth one way system outside a betting shop - opposite Wandsworth Town hall reducing the road to 3 lanes - even though that 4th lane is a bus lane - .
Liz D

29 April 2016

there is no reason we should not be able to park on single yellow lines on bank Holidays, apart from Councils wanting to make money from the motorist. the traffic is no different from a sunday when you are allowed to park on single yellows, so please explain the logic Wandsworth ?
simon

29 April 2016