Drivers and motorists are being warned that they risk a penalty charge notice (PCN) if they park on a grass verge or pavement, where this is forbidden.

Parking on grass verges and pavements, even momentarily, is not permitted, with vehicles potentially damaging the verge or pavement as well as obstructing pedestrians and other road users and compromising road safety. The warning also applies to drivers using commercial vehicles and follows reports of TfL vehicles having been parking on the grass verges in the borough in order to undertake ULEZ enforcement related work. 

Councillor Nicholas Bennett, Executive Councillor for Transport, Highways and Road Safety said, “Drivers will know it is not acceptable to park on the pavement or verge unless of course, as in some cases, there is an exemption in place, which is clearly shown in the roadside signs. If our Civil Enforcement Officers do see a van parked on the verge, we will issue a penalty charge notice, be this for TfL or anyone else, including if they are working on ULEZ cameras or anything else.”

The penalty charge notice for footway or verge contraventions is up to £130. Whilst TfL have been warned not to park on verges, with the damage and safety issues this can cause, if a vehicle is parked on the carriageway and on a restriction such as a yellow line, then the vehicle may have an exemption, with the same guidance in place if an operative was working on traffic lights.

Residents and motorists who need to report incorrect parking can report this to the council’s parking enforcement team via the council’s website


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Published: 8th September 2023