Transport and parking

The Council and Transport for London (TfL) are making a number of changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To support this please avoid all but essential travel.

Parking

Parking for NHS staff and social care workers

To enable those who work in health services or deliver vital community support to more easily park and access people’s homes the Council has suspended enforcement of its on-street and car park facilities for NHS and social care staff.

These staff need to photocopy their identification card or employees letter and clearly display it on the dashboard of their vehicle. Drivers are reminded that it is of the utmost importance that they do not park dangerously or causing an obstruction on the road or footway as the Council will treat this seriously and will issue a PCN and if required will relocate the vehicle. 

Parking enforcement

Parking management is an important public service, which provides benefits to motorists and the wider community. Those benefits include reducing congestion, maintaining road safety, improving air quality, whilst helping to ensure access to goods and services. This is extremely important, particularly for health and other key workers, as Richmond Council aims to keep the borough moving and providing essential services at this challenging time.

As we move into the month of May it becomes increasingly apparent that the Council must look to protect the organisation of these services along with the changing parking needs of residents and returning businesses.

The Council will therefore continue to provide parking enforcement of the serious 'higher level' contraventions and incidents of obstructive or dangerous parking that could have a more significant impact on safety and traffic flow. This will include yellow lines at road junctions, the obstruction of dropped kerbs, footway parking that intrudes upon pedestrian access, any loading yellow line restriction, zig zags at crossings, specific parking bays (for disabled parking, loading, electric charging, doctor or car club) taxi ranks and bus stops.

Residents and businesses with permits in Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) are still currently permitted to park on single yellow lines without penalty until Monday 25 May 2020. Exceptions are where there are safety risks e.g. corners of junctions, across dropped kerbs and on double yellow lines. Residents or businesses without a permit or that hold a recently expired permit will need to apply/reapply for a dispensation or permit by Monday 25 May 2020.

Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) will continue to grant a 20-minute grace period (increased from 5 minutes) for unauthorised parking (in all but demonstrably unsafe or obstructive instances) until Monday 25 May 2020. CEOs will be advised to use further discretion depending on the circumstances. In all instances, owners leave their cars here at their own risk and we ask residents to consider the impact of their parking on access needs and safety.  

The Council will also renew enforcement all on-street parking charges (such as parking meters and pay and display machines) from Monday 25 May 2020, and until then Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) will only be issued in incidents of obstructive or dangerous parking.

In all cases, please do not park in locations where doing so could endanger fellow residents. If you are instructed to move your vehicle by an Enforcement Officer, please do so. If you do not, your vehicle may be moved.

Roads will be very congested with parked vehicles during this time. Please adhere to the 20mph speed limits to keep yourself and others safe.

We will review these changes daily.

Blue Badge enforcement

Acknowledging that local authorities may have to delay processing new Blue Badge applications and reapplications, and may also have an existing backlog of current applications, the UK and devolved governments and local government associations are advising that local authority parking teams should not issue Penalty Charge Notices to citizens using Blue Badges with an expiry date of 1 January 2020 onwards. This relaxation of enforcement against expired Blue Badges should continue initially until 30 September 2020.

Public transport

Visit the TfL website for the latest information about changes to public transport.

Remember: Face coverings must be worn for the full duration of journeys on the public transport network, in line with Government rules.

Taxicard

Due to COVID-19, temporary adjustments have been made to the Taxicard scheme to help support its members. You may now use a Taxicard without the member being present, for example, to collect a prescription.

Updated: 15 July 2020