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Parking enforcement during the pandemic

As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we introduced free parking for key workers in resident and paid-for bays across the borough. This scheme ended on 31 December 2020.

Key workers have and continue to play a vital role in the pandemic response, in support of all Southwark’s residents. We're hugely grateful for the many key workers who went above and beyond the call of duty during 2020 and we hope that the free parking arrangements were helpful. 

Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) are essential in ensuring the safe management of our streets. They can continue to work during the current restrictions as their duties cannot be performed from home. There has also been no stipulation from Central Government that parking services, including enforcement, should be suspended. In fact, Central Government has introduced a specific permit for NHS staff during the pandemic for CEOs to recognise. CEOs are encouraged to provide help and advice to the public on where people can and cannot park, ensuring that social distancing guidelines are applied, and adhered to.

Whilst restrictions are easing, the pandemic remains a threat and it's important to ensure that the freight sector are able to deliver goods and services to shops and businesses that remain open and essential medical supplies to hospitals, pharmacies and doctor surgeries. We need to ensure that loading and unloading can take place safely and legally, and that the highway is not obstructed by vehicles parked in contravention that could have a negative impact on this activity.

We've found with more people working from home, the need for available parking on street for permit holders is greater at all times of the day. Therefore, the requirement to enforce vehicles that do not have the required parking rights is ever more apparent.

NHS and care workers

All NHS staff and health care workers are asked to use the National Government Scheme. Contact the manager of your hospital or department for further details. There's currently no scheme end date provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.


Page last updated: 17 May 2021

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