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Changes to Parking Enforcement

Published Thursday 20 August, 2020
Last updated on Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Swale Borough Council has changed a number of parking restrictions across the borough to help local people stay safe at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Non-permit holders are already able to park in resident parking bays until 1 July and now people displaying resident parking permits can use off-street car parks for free at all times of the day in order to ease congestion on residential streets for the same period.

On-street resident parking bays and off-street car parks will also be free for NHS health and social care staff visiting residents for support showing their ID badge or official letter.

Single yellow lines that relate to 30-minute wait restrictions - that are normally in place to stop commuters - and school waiting restrictions will be eased to improve the availability of parking options, but other enforcement will continue to ensure that people are parking safely and traffic can flow, especially on narrow streets.

Double yellow line restrictions will continue to be enforced to ensure safety and access for emergency and waste vehicles.

Disabled bays for less mobile residents will also still be enforced to ensure they have easy access to local shops, as well as loading bays to provide unrestricted access for lorries to deliver much needed stock.

School keep clear zones will also be enforced to ensure the free flow of traffic and car parks will remain chargeable to ensure space for those that need them such as key workers.

People are urged to park responsibly in all areas to ensure safe access for all essential vehicles while we work to manage the effects of the corona virus on the borough.

Residents are reminded that parking permits must be displayed at all times and NHS staff and care workers should display their ID badge or official letter while parking.

If anyone is unsure which changes apply to them, please call the council on 01795 417850.

For more information visit our coronavirus page.