COVID-19 Government Parking Pass
In early 2020, a COVID-19 parking pass (external link) was created. This was based on an agreement between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and provided evidence of entitlement to free parking for those on duty as an NHS staff member, health or social care worker, or NHS Volunteer Responder. The paper passes were issued through employer networks and were originally intended for temporary use during the COVID-19 emergency response period which has proven to be longer than anticipated.
The publication of the government’s roadmap for the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions has signalled the phased withdrawal of the COVID-19 parking pass.
Along with other London boroughs, Haringey will be phasing out the pass. The pass will no longer be valid in Haringey from 19 July 2021. Those using the pass in Haringey after that date may receive a Penalty Charge Notice.
Why is the pass being withdrawn?
The anticipated increase in mobility as restrictions are eased is expected to result in an increase in demand for parking at many locations. This is likely to mean that it is not sustainable for us to continue to allow unregulated free parking. Our approach also follows advice issued by London Councils, Local Government Association and the British Parking Association.
Alternatives to the COVID-19 parking pass
In line with the government’s lockdown exit roadmap, we expect parking facilities to fully return to normal at the final step of the roadmap, which will 'not be before 21 June'.
Therefore, at that final step, those people currently using the COVID parking pass will be expected to:
- walk, cycle or use public transport
- make use of our existing Essential Service Permit or carers parking permit (where eligible)
- pay for parking in any pay-by-phone bay of public car parks
COVID-19 parking pass withdrawal timetable
To ensure a smooth transition we will phase out the COVID-19 parking pass as follows:
- 14 May: we will contact Partner organisations using the permit to advise them of the phased withdrawal and ask them to inform staff within their organisation impacted by the change
- From 17 May: social media messages begin
- From 24 May: we will start to issue PCN 'warning notices' issued where pass observed. Warning notices do not require any action or payment by the recipient but provide advice about the phasing out of the permit
- From 19 July: PCNs will be issued where passes are observed in parked vehicles
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