Free parking on festive season bank holidays

Published: Friday 23rd December 16

Motorists can park their cars for free 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 out parking bays in all Wandsworth’s parking zones on the two  bank holidays that fall on Tuesday, December 27 and Monday, January 2. Free parking also applies on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

On all these days drivers will not need to purchase a pay and display ticket, pay-by-phone or display a parking permit if any parking bay. 

However on the two bank holidays and also on Boxing Day they should 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 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 over the festive season could 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.

As well as receiving a penalty notice, vehicles that breach these rules also run the risk of being 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 either a valid resident or visitor permit should not use these parking spaces.

For more information about council services over Christmas and the New Year visit

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Recent comments

Hello ! Thank you for the helpful information! I also went in London last summer and wrote an article about it on my website: Marianne

3 January 2017

What is the difference in potential hazard or obstruction posed by parking on a single yellow line on a bank holiday as opposed to on a Sunday or between 6:30pm-8:30am of every night? What is the hazard on Northcote Road between Co-op and The Bank, for example?
Constantine de Naray

31 December 2016