Coronavirus: How it affects parking
West Street multi-story car park, Leighton Buzzard
West Street car park opened on Tuesday 28 July. Please follow the social distancing measures if you use this car park.
How we've managed parking
At the start of the coronavirus lockdown period in recognition of changes in working patterns, and to help support those self-isolating because of coronavirus, we relaxed some of our parking restrictions. We prioritised our enforcement approach to make sure roads remained safe and emergency services and food deliveries could get to where they needed to. Now there is a gradual easing of lockdown with more businesses re-opening and more people returning to work, we will be resuming our normal parking enforcement activities.
Between Monday 15 June and Monday 29 June, our civil enforcement officers issued advisory notices where motorists were parked in contravention of infringements. Since Monday 29 June, contraventions of restrictions will be fully enforced. The 14-day advisory notice will only apply to the restrictions where we had previously taken a more relaxed approach, such as car parks and residential streets.
Vehicles parked on single or double yellow lines, causing an obstruction or a safety risk to other road users, will not be subject to the advisory notice period and will be issued with a penalty charge notice.
NHS staff, health and social care workers and NHS volunteers are still able to park for free in any of our car parks, as long as they display their COVID-19 parking permit.
We would urge everyone to continue social distancing, where possible, when using our car parks and for your safety and the safety of others, please use the Just Park app or a bank card, if you can, to pay for your ticket.
We have a range of parking permits designed to help residents, visitors, businesses, employees and market traders find the parking they need.