Parking on the highway can cause an obstruction to other road users, including emergency service and refuse vehicles, creating a hazard, causing congestion or an inconvenience.

Parking restrictions control where and when people can park. They are very important for:

  • Reducing congestion - parked cars can mean roads are narrowed causing traffic jams and delays
  • Increasing road safety - parked cars can reduce visibility making a road unsafe for motorists and pedestrians, particularly at junctions

From April 2015 the Deregulation Act 2015 has restricted the number of parking contraventions that we can enforce using CCTV. We can only use CCTV to enforce parking at bus stops and school entrances and will continue to enforce in these areas in the interests of safety and facilitating the free flow of traffic.

Types of parking restriction

Yellow line waiting restrictions

These help traffic to move freely and improve road safety. They are marked on the road at locations where there is a need to control or restrict parking and to prevent obstruction.

Double yellow lines

These mean that parking is restricted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in other words ‘at any time’. Following a recent review of traffic and parking signs by the Department for Transport ‘at any time’ restrictions no longer need to be signed.

Single yellow lines

Indicate a shorter period of restriction and mean that at some time of the day parking is restricted. The days and times of the restrictions will be shown on a yellow time plate, with the exception of yellow lines within Controlled Parking Zones.

Yellow loading restriction kerb blips

Loading restrictions are shown by yellow lines on the edge of the kerb. They indicate that loading and unloading is not allowed during the times shown on the nearby white signs.

If you would like to report faded yellow lines or request new lines to be installed, please use our enquiry form.

White Lines

Marked on the carriageway to draw attention to dropped kerbs. They are only advisory and cannot be enforced unless a vehicle is obstructing access to a driveway.

You can request to have a white line installed by the council, at a cost, by downloading the application form.

Red routes 

Identified by a single or doubles red line on the side of the road instead of yellow lines. The following roads in the London Borough of Sutton are:

  • A24 Stonecot Hill and London Road, North Cheam.
  • A217 Belmont Rise, St Dunstans’ Hill, Oldfields Road and Reigate Avenue
  • A232 Ewell Road, Cheam Road, Carshalton Road, Pound Street, High Street  (Carshalton), Acre Lane and Croydon Road.
  • A297 St Helier Avenue

They are managed by Transport for London which includes parking enforcement as well as street lighting, trees and road maintenance. 

Footway Parking

There is a London wide ban on parking on the footway (that is parking with one or more wheels on pavements, dropped kerbs and grass verges) & is enforced in the London Borough of Sutton. 

Do not park on the footway, even over your own dropped kerb, unless there are signs and white bay markings indicating that you may do so. Enforcement against footway parking can be undertaken without a request.