Parking enforcement

Parking

We continue to provide a number of changes to how we manage parking and travel options across Camden. Since the start of the pandemic, we have provided 9,000 key workers with free parking spaces, helping them to get to work safely in Camden. However, as lockdown is eased and businesses begin to reopen, we will be reviewing our current parking offer. We will continue to protect NHS and critical workers providing a response to coronavirus.

All current permits that we have provided in this area run until Wednesday 1 July. We will email all users over the coming weeks to find out whether they still require the permit we have provided, we will cancel those permits for which we receive no response.

Key worker applications

We will continue to provide parking provision where we can on the highway for essential workers who need to drive into Camden.

Amongst the workers we will continue to support with this offer are:

  • NHS workers (though we would encourage the use of the official NHS parking pass scheme)
  • Carers and healthcare workers
  • GP's
  • Dentists
  • Council essential staff
  • Emergency services
  • Teachers and school staff

Any new essential worker applicants from the list above seeking permission to park on-street in Camden can make a request through this form. Your request will then be assessed, and parking provided where available. There are also a limited number of off-street spaces, on council estates, which may be available as part of this offer.

We continue working closely with NHS trusts in Camden to identify their needs and match it to our offer. NHS staff can also park for free at some NCP locations, please contact NCP directly. In addition, there are schemes from other parking providers that are offering free parking for NHS staff, including 'your parking space' and 'just park'.

Parking enforcement

From the start of the pandemic, parking enforcement activities focused on instances of parking that were dangerous and/or likely to impede the emergency services. We ceased removing vehicles to the car pound but relocated some to safer places on the highway. As lockdown is eased and to further protect parking spaces for key workers, we will start to move back to some level of parking enforcement in the next few weeks.

It is important that everyone continues to follow current government guidance to stay at home as much as possible. If you do go outside, avoid public transport and maintain a 2m distance from those outside of your household. Always wash your hands as soon as you are indoors.

From Monday 8 June:

  • We will start to issue warning notices to any vehicle found to be parked in contravention without the relevant permit, key worker permit or having paid for their parking in relevant bays. This will also apply to vehicles parked in contravention at all locations across the borough as well as engine idling.

From Monday 22 June:

  • We will start to enforce against those vehicles we find in contravention with Penalty Charge Notices issued from that date onwards, where you will be expected to pay or challenge the Penalty Charge Notice.
  • We will continue to only relocate vehicles that are parked dangerously or impeding the flow of emergency service vehicles until further notice.
  • Parking suspensions will recommence as current government advice provides for certain sectors of the economy to restart. We will continue to reserve the right to review each application made and to cancel them where we feel they put essential service delivery at risk or do not provide enough space to socially distance for the public.

Our Civil Enforcement Officers have continued to patrol the streets throughout the pandemic providing a critical marshalling service to support and direct key workers that have been provided with free parking across the borough.

Officers have also carried out a number of critical frontline roles crucial to the coronavirus response. We ask that they continue to receive your support whilst carrying out this valuable role.

Transport guidance

In line with current government guidance, please stay at home as much as possible and avoid public transport unless essential. Residents are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible to ease pressure on parking demand and to help keep physically active. Please note: if you do have to travel on public transport from Monday 15 June you will be required to wear a face covering to limit the spread of coronavirus, you can read more here.

If you are NHS staff we have compiled the below that may be of interest to you:

Discounted Taxi fares for NHS staff

Car Clubs

Enterprise Car Club and Zip Car are offering free membership and 50% off rental fees for NHS, personnel. Please see Enterprise Car Club and Zip Car for more information

Public transport

Public transport should only be used if essential. If you must use public transport please try to travel outside of peak times if you can. Wear a face covering (this will be mandatory from Monday 15 June) and wash your hands before and after you travel.