The council will lift enforcement in controlled parking zones and introduce a number of changes to how parking is managed across Watford, to coincide with Covid-19 lockdown (5 November to 2 December)
We are also not enforcing the council’s off-road car parks. The suspended enforcement means that key workers, and residents may use any of the towns on street residential, shared use and permit parking bays without the fear of being fined.
In order to ensure that we keep road users, vulnerable residents and those providing an essential services safe, we will continue to enforce yellow lines. The decision to continue enforcement of the yellow lines on junctions and for access is because it is vital that emergency services, delivery drivers, carers visiting vulnerable members of the community are able to still access residential areas, supermarkets and the hospital. Bus routes and school drop-off areas will also be enforced.
Enforcement of the town centre and all main routes leading to it will also continue to ensure traffic flow and access. The Parking Service can still be contacted during standard office hours for any general enquiries on 01923 278 890.
In light of the government instructions the following enforcement arrangements have also been reviewed and amended:
- Permit holders do not need to book vouchers for their visitors
- Permit holders will be provided a 4-week extension on their existing resident permit to compensate for the reduced enforcement.
- Permit holders whose permits are due to expire are advised to continue to renew their permit in the usual manner, as the extension will not be applied to expired permits.
- Due to the reduced enforcement dispensation and suspension applications will not be authorised during the lockdown period
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said “I want to make sure that we do all we can to support key workers and residents in our town. That's why we have decided to lift some of our on-street parking restrictions to make it easier for residents who are working from home to find a place to park.”
While parking enforcement is being scaled back, a presence will be maintained to protect the changes that have been introduced for key workers/residents and to deal with dangerous and obstructive parking that could disrupt essential journeys through the borough. More information on the changes to Watford’s parking restrictions can be found at www.watford.gov.uk/coronavirus