Free parking on festive bank holidays
Published: 23 December 2015
Motorists are being reminded that they can park their cars 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, Monday, December 28 and New Years Day.
On these four days they will not need to purchase a pay and display ticket, pay-by-phone or display a parking permit if they use a parking bay.
However 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 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 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 http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/contact