How can I avoid
Penalty Charge Notices?
There are some useful hints and
tips on ways to avoid a penalty charge notice or having your
vehicle removed in Newham:
- Pay attention to signs showing the hours of restriction
on single yellow lines. Double yellow lines no longer need a sign
to say "no parking at any time".
- If you park in a controlled parking zone, unless there is a
time plate showing different restrictions from those of the
controlled parking zone, the times of the restrictions are as shown
on the controlled parking zone entry signs.
- If you are outside a controlled parking zone, you must check
the time plates for the hours of restriction when parked on single
- Be aware of loading ban restrictions on yellow lines These are
indicated by a white plate which shows the time when the
restriction is in place. There will also be chevrons (yellow lines)
on the kerb.
- If you leave your car on a yellow line for a few minutes, for
example, to "pop into the shops", you may still receive a
- In parking bays, take note of the sign and the vehicles
permitted to park there. Some bays may be for resident or business
permit holders only, or for a disabled person. Bays are sometimes
suspended so look out for large, yellow signs showing the details.
Your vehicle may be removed if it is parked in a suspended bay
during the date and times indicated.
- In all bays, ensure your vehicle is parked fully within the
bay. Some bays are used for loading in the morning, and then become
Pay & Display bays later in the morning, so be careful. (This
is particularly the case along Green Street).
- When buying a Pay & Display ticket, make sure that you
purchase more than enough time to cover your stay, as you are not
allowed to "feed" the machine (come back and put more money in the
machine) once your time is up.
- Note bus lane times. In most of the borough, bus lanes operate
in the morning and evening rush hour times and on Saturdays, but
some operate for longer or shorter periods. For example, there are
24-hour bus lanes in central Stratford.
- Do not park on the footway.
- Do not park on school 'keep clear' markings.
- Do not park over a dropped kerb that has been created to help
pedestrians cross the road or vehicles accessing a property, for
example, a person's driveway to allow them to park their car in
their front garden.
- If you are a
badge holder, display your badge and clock correctly and make
sure you understand what you can and can't do.
- Obey all traffic signs and do not enter a box junction unless
your exit is clear.
- Park safely and considerately and always remember, do not leave
any valuables on show.
Further general information on parking in London can be obtained
from the London