Merton parking policy goes online

Merton Council published its updated parking services policy on its website this week.

Following a policy update, the document covers the latest parking legislation, how a penalty charge notice is served, exemptions and the conditions of holding a blue badge. It also explains the different types of parking contraventions.

As part of its parking policy review, the council is set to publish in early November details on moving traffic offences and how it employs mobile camera units.

The council wants to make getting around Merton easy and safe for all road users and pedestrians. It is also making every effort to make parking as fair and affordable as possible. Unlike many boroughs, Merton has frozen the cost of residents’ parking permits and reduced half day visitor parking permits from £2.50 to £1.50.

Merton Council cabinet member for performance and implementation Councillor Mark Betteridge said: “We know people want to see our parking policy for themselves, and we have now updated it and published it on our website. The document includes everything you would need to know about parking and the legislation within which we work. Residents tell us in the annual residents’ survey, congestion is a top concern. We need to keep traffic moving and enforcing the rules of the road is one way we can do this. We will always be fair and reasonable in our enforcement.”

The parking services policy is online at