Types of parking restrictions
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.
- 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 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.
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.
You can request to have a white line installed by the council, at a cost, by downloading the application form.
Red routes are 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
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.