Coronavirus and parking

Updates on what is happening with our parking charges and enforcement as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Graham McAndrew, executive member for Environmental Sustainability at East Herts Council, said: “To support essential NHS and police staff, as well as residents that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“From Monday 30 March we will stop charging in all East Herts car parks and will suspend enforcement of our on-street permit parking bays and limited waiting bays.”

For residents in permit zones, we will be extending all permit expiry dates by three months. You do not need to contact us for this to happen; it will all be done automatically. 

However in order to ensure that we protect road users, vulnerable residents and those providing essential services , we will continue to enforce double yellow lines, obstructive or dangerous parking, , disabled parking bays and loading bays. This means that key workers and residents may use any of our car parks free of charge, on street residential permit parking bays and roads without displaying a permit or voucher, limited waiting bays without time limit or roads that are subject to a single yellow line commuter restriction.

In order to ensure everyone’s safety you will therefore see some parking enforcement officers carrying out their work across the district, we have had reports of abuse to the staff and this will not be tolerated. These individuals are carrying out their duties whilst observing social distancing guidelines to ensure public safety so we ask that you treat them with respect.

We will monitor these arrangements regularly to ensure that demand does not exceed capacity in those bays and we acknowledge that changes may need to be made at short notice and this may include resuming normal enforcement.