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Parking restrictions and enforcement to resume on 15 June

Drivers in Watford are being given advanced notice that parking enforcement albeit with slightly different enforced hours is resuming in Controlled Parking Zones later this month.

Since the lockdown began the council has relaxed normal parking arrangements and chosen not to penalise drivers who do not have permits nor purchased a pay and display voucher. For the past two months, enforcement action has been taken only against vehicles that have been parked dangerously, blocked junctions or caused an obstruction.

But with the lockdown now being eased and life beginning to return to some degree of normality, parking rules are being re-introduced on 15 June. This will enable the council to respond to an expected increase in traffic levels on local roads and maintain access on all routes. Residents undertaking daily exercise or journeying to work are encouraged to continue to utilise sustainable travel options, including walking and cycling whenever possible.

Motorists will need to hold a permit or visitor voucher when parking in a permit or shared use bay and need to purchase a pay and display voucher when parked in a pay and display bay, during the restricted hours, in the zones listed below. Permit holders and visitor voucher holders are no longer able to park on yellow lines during restricted times. To compensate for the 12 week reduced service existing permits will be extended.

Health care and critical workers displaying the national parking pass issued by their employer are able to continue to park in permit bays, shared use bays and pay and display bays free of charge.

The following zones enforcement hours are as follows:

• Zones A, B/C, G & E: 8am – 6.30pm, Mon – Sun (restrictions normally applies to 10pm)
• Zones D, F, J, K, L M/N, S & T: 8am – 6.30pm, Mon – Sat (additional match day restrictions will not apply to F,J,K,L, M/N, S & T)
• Zone U: 10am – 12pm, Mon – Fri
• Zone V: Restrictions are not re-introduced until September
• Zone W: 10am – 11am, Mon – Fri
• Permit holders whose zones normally are restricted until 10pm will not need to hold a permit after 6.30pm.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said “As we start to ease lockdown measures, an increasing number of shops and other facilities will start to re-open. This will mean that traffic on our streets will start to increase again. Therefore we will need to take more action to help our residents to park their cars – which is why these schemes were introduced in the first place."

For more information please visit www.watford.gov.uk/COVID-Parking