From 26 March, Portsmouth City Council will no longer be enforcing parking places in residential parking zones, other than disabled bays. Residents and non-essential workers have been advised to stay at home and there is very little movement of vehicles. This measure means essential visitors and carers will no longer require visitors permits, critical workers coming home late will be able to park across zone boundaries and people self-isolating will not have to be concerned about moving their vehicles.
Residents are asked where possible to keep their permit up to date. Further information on how to do this at this time can be found on the Portsmouth City Council Coronavirus information web pages by searching 'parking advice'
Residents that have a residential parking zone permit will be compensated for the time the zone is not operating and details of this will be confirmed when we warn residents that the zone will start operating.
Car parks, on-street pay and display parking and limited waiting parking places around shops that are open will continue to be enforced to ensure a turnover of space and reduce the potential of gatherings of more than two people and stop the spread of Covid-19.
The Portsmouth Park & Ride service will be suspended from 8pm on 25 March due to only a couple of people using the service and the need to ensure only our essential staff are working.
Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said "The work our traffic enforcement officers are doing is critical to making sure emergency services, deliveries and residents making essential journeys can be safe on the roads so we can look after the vulnerable and make sure we all have the essentials we need. We are asking everyone to take care on the roads and be considerate when parking vehicles. Please check the rules of the Highway Code if you are unsure to help keep our roads safe."
Yellow line access and safety enforcement will continue in Portsmouth. Residents can support the council in maintaining the safe flow of traffic by not parking vehicles on any yellow lines or in places where it is not safe to leave a vehicle or where it causes an obstruction. The yellow lines highlight areas where it can be dangerous to park, or where leaving your vehicle can be a hazard to other road users. Also remember the zig zags outside schools are important in ensuring the safety of children that continue to go to school and buses continue to operate so need the bays to safely pick up and drop off customers
Councillor Vernon-Jackson said "Please use the roads safely and only for essential journeys. We all have a responsibility to avoid putting even more strain on the emergency services and taking care to ensure everyone's essential journeys can be made safely."