Shared borders of the City of London:

The kerbs in the following streets are not within the jurisdiction of the City of London.

North Kerb

Baltic Street West: between Goswell Road and Golden Lane is in Islington.

Brushfield Street: between Bishopsgate and Artillery Lane is in Tower Hamlets.

Carthusian Street: between Aldersgate Street and Charterhouse Square is in Islington.

Charterhouse Street: between Charterhouse Square and Holborn Circus is in Islington.

Charterhouse Square: between Carthusian Street and Charterhouse Street is in Islington.

Chiswell Street: between Beech Street and Moorgate is in Islington.

Gloucester Court: north of Petty Wales is in Tower Hamlets.

High Holborn: between Holborn and Chancery Lane is in Camden.

Holborn: between Holborn Circus and High Holborn is in Camden.

Middlesex Street: between Artillery Lane and St. Botolph Street is in Tower Hamlets.

Ropemaker Street: between Moor Lane and Moorgate is in Islington.

South Place: between Moorgate and Eldon Street is in Islington.

Sun Street: between Wilson Street and Appold Street is in Hackney.

Worship Street: between Appold Street and Bishopsgate is in Hackney.

South Kerb

Fleet Street: the street west of Chancery Lane is in Westminster.

High Holborn: the street west of Chancery Lane is in Camden.

East Kerb

Golden Lane: north of Fann Street is in Islington.

Trinity Square: between Cooper’s Row and Great Tower Street is in Tower Hamlets.

West Kerb

Aldersgate Street:the pavement north of Carthusian Street is in Islington.

Appold Street: between Sun Street and Worship Street is in Hackney.

Chancery Lane: north of  Southampton Buildings is in Camden. The kerb to the south is in Westminster.

Golden Lane: north of Imperial House is in Islington

Goswell Road: north of Aldersgate Street is in Islington.

Wilson Street: between Eldon Street and Sun Street is in Hackney.

Contravention Codes and advice

01: Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours. Regardless of the grace periods different councils grant vehicles parked on yellow lines, this is NEVER an (invitation) to park. As soon as the vehicle is stationary, the windscreen is fair game for a Penalty Charge Notice attached to it. Upon the Civil Enforcement Officer attending the vehicle, if the driver and or passenger(s) are not seen to be physically continuously loading/unloading, they can issue a PCN in 5-10 minutes. If they are, it will not be for at least 40 minutes. A vehicle parked on Double Yellow Lines does not necessarily mean that it is any worse off than if it was on a single yellow line. The difference is that DYLs are active 24 hours, meaning they are generally painted on main roads where there is a high concentration of traffic, and if a ‘traffic warden ‘who has nothing better to do’ issued you a PCN on Christmas Day, they would be well within their rights to do so. The 01 contravention code also applies to pedestrian zones so do not assume because there are no yellow lines in a street, you can park free of consequences; in this particular street of course there should be displayed a plate that reads ”At Any Time”.

02: Parked or loading / unloading in a restricted street where waiting and loading / unloading restrictions are in force . If you park your vehicle adjacent to active kerb chevrons meaning it is currently the time of day that reads on the time plate on a nearby wall/sign post that states ”No loading or unloading”, a CEO could issue your vehicle an instant PCN as much to say if it was humanly possible for a CEO to issue one in a nanosecond, it would be perfectly legitimate. Double kerb chevrons mean no loading at any time, single chevrons correspond to specific times of day that should be written on the wall/post plates. If the plates and number of chevrons do not correspond to one another or one of the two is missing, the CEO should treat your vehicle as though the kerb chevrons are inactive and therein observe it under the guidelines for the 01 contravention if the street is restricted.

05: Parked after the expiry of paid for time. You will have 10 minutes grace to move your vehicle or extend payment. If you display a blue disabled badge but the expiry date is concealed, your vehicle will not qualify for the free hour in addition to payment.

06: Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket or voucher. This contravention is the consequence you will face if you do not show signs of visible payment. When paying by phone, ensure you make payment for the correct Vehicle Registration Mark because if you do not, of course the CEO will treat you as if you have not. Please ensure the pay and display ticket is displayed clearly and when slamming the vehicle door shut, before vacating check that it has not flipped face down. Even if the details can be read through the back of the ticket, this still does not mean that it is displayed clearly. If you are a City of London red disabled badge holder, ensure that the expiration date is visible because if it is not, it effectively activates the 06 contravention. If a machine is bagged, you should not assume that payment is not necessary. You may have to check whether you are permitted to park on the bays (see contravention code 21) or you may have to make payment at another machine.

07: Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time. This is when a vehicle remains in one bay/group of conjoined pay and display bays and multiple payments are made. Since the introduction of pay by phone, this is near impossible for a CEO to keep tabs on as you can pay for up to 8 hours in two different methods of payment. However, I will leave it up to your conscience whether you are willing to hog a bay for long periods of time at the expense of others who arrive in the city after you do.

09: Parked displaying multiple pay & display tickets where prohibited. Multiple tickets means specifically three or more that are displayed clearly. The CEO is therein able to record the number, expiry date and time, the fee and machine number of all pay and display tickets displayed. Though penalising this is harsh, the principle is that the CEO does not need to take a reading test when observing vehicles on patrol. Remove all expired pay and display tickets.

16: Parked in a permit space or zone without clearly displaying a valid permit. This mainly applies to doctor’s bays. Do not mistake these for pay and display bays. It will specify on the ground that it is a doctor’s bay and the plate will say so too.

20: Parked in a part of a parking place marked by a yellow line where waiting is prohibited. This is practically the same as a 01 except it applies only to single yellow lines painted in between pay and display bays for the purpose of an available space to load and unload i.e. in the COL a ”loading gap”. This means that one group of bays necessarily ends and another begins either end of the loading gap with a single white line. If there are double white lines at the end of either bay your vehicle should be treated as though it is parked in contravention of a 01 so if you are issued a 20 you could appeal on these grounds so to speak. Again, you must be seen to be continuously loading/unloading.

21: Parked wholly or partly in a suspended bay or space. Parking bays can be suspended at any time. If you make payment before a bay is suspended, you should not be fined unless your vehicle overstays its welcome; so it is not a good idea to extend payment by phone when away from your vehicle. Businesses and construction companies pay for bays to be suspended so they can carry out their work. Bays can be visibly suspended with Correx boards and flags and bases so do not simply look for plates only. If you do not look for signage when parking within a suspended bay, you could be issued a code 21, and then the bay could be de-suspended by thee you return to your vehicle so you run the risk of being very confused to see a PCN attached to your windscreen with no suspension signage present. See 05 for more info. The plates should specify which bays are suspended and which ones are available for use, if any. If all bays are suspended in a single street, all pay and display machines should be bagged to prevent you from making the error of paying for parking. If they are not, this is another grounds to appeal a fine.

23: Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle. Here, there is slightly less emphasis on what you are required to use the bay for. If a plate for a loading bay reads ”goods vehicle loading only”, this means either a van, lorry or courier bike with a large box on the back only are permitted to park because they are commercial vehicles. A car or scooter, though they can transport goods, are not classed as goods vehicles because they have windows all around the sides and back. So even if you are loading/unloading in a loading bay to/from your mini bus, this is besides the point; you should not be there at all.

24: Not parked correctly within the markings of the bay or space. All the wheels of a single vehicle should be parked with the markings of one bay. If it is not, your vehicle runs the risk of impeding other vehicles being able to park in the adjacent bays. This contravention does not apply to pay and display bays outside CPZ hours. In reality, there is nothing that says you cannot share a bay so long as all motorists parked within the bay do what is required of a single vehicle, though given the size of most parking bays this is possible only if one is a matchbox car.

25: Parked in a loading place or bay during restricted hours without loading. When a bay says ”loading only” this means that you must be seen by a CEO to be physically loading and unloading. A CEO used to be known as a Parking Attendant and first and foremost attending parked vehicles is all they are required to do. It is none of their business that you had to carry boxes up to the 100th floor and got trapped in a lift and neither should you assume that the type of bay necessarily grants you free parking for the maximum allowance of 40 minutes. They stand by the vehicle and wait for you to return and there is only so long they can do so before they have to take some sort of action. If you are not loading/unloading, you are potentially obstructing a space that a fellow motorist could be using for its practical purpose and will be issued a PCN in 5-10 minutes depending on the class of vehicle. If you assume you can park for free for up to 40 minutes, then you should ask yourself ”why on earth would someone pay £3.60 to park in a pay and display bay”? if they can get away with doing what you think you can.

27: Parked in a special enforcement area adjacent to a footway, cycle track or verge lowered to meet the level of the carriageway. When in anticipation of free parking on a SYL outside of Controlled Parking Zone hours, usually between 7pm and 7am Monday to Friday and 11am Saturday to 7am, be careful not to park adjacent to dropped kerbs and raised carriageways as doing so would impede wheelchair and trolley access which means that your vehicle is parked in contravention of codes 27 and 28 respectively, not to mention that your grace period therein decreases to 0 minutes. During prescribed hours the observation time decreases to a minimum of 3 minutes but of course for code 01.

30: Parked for longer than permitted. This is when you have showed signs of doing what you were required to do to park in a particular place but for longer than permitted. The plates need to specify a timeframe for you to know how long you are permitted to stay in a bay. You can be issued this offence code in a disabled bay/loading bay. A pay and display bay is never a free bay on principle during prescribed hours which is why CEOs issue contravention 05. So a contravention 30 applies only to bays which do not require motorists to make a payment e.g. an electric vehicle permit holder is allowed to stay in a pay and display bay for four hours and if it is to stay any longer payment should be made otherwise a 06 offence could be issued.

40: Parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without displaying a valid disabled person’s badge in the prescribed manner. Clearly displaying a valid disabled badge means the CEO should be able to read a futuristic date on the badge and a reasonable time on the companion clock. If there is a time limit written on the plate, you must display your clock and set it at the time you arrive. As the disabled plate says ”Disabled Badge Holders Only’, do not mistake the paragraph ”no-limit Sat-Sun” for meaning that non-badge holders can park on a disabled bay on those days of the week. If there is a street marked with DYLs and a couple of disabled bays in between, it is senseless that a CEO fines a disabled badge holder for parking on DYLs whilst non-badge holders obstruct the bays without facing any consequences.

47: Stopped on a restricted bus stop or stand. Whereas some bus stops/bus stands plate reads ”no parking except buses”, others will not. Either way, parking on a bus stop/bus stand could result in your vehicle being slapped with a PCN. Without a plate present, depending on whether the street is painted with single or double yellow lines, you could still be technically parked in a restricted street so a 01 could be issued as an alternative punishment.

62: Parked with one or more wheels on or over a footpath or any part of a road other than a carriageway. When parking on the footway in a narrow street potentially because motorists want to allow the free movement of traffic, the CEO is obliged to observe the vehicle for a maximum of 5 minutes. But either way, you will have to determine what would be more heart-breaking for you:

1. Inconveniencing strangers, or

2. Having to pay a £180 parking fine.

Footway parking should be done only if and when absolutely necessary i.e. to accompany a visible hole in the ground where works are taking place. Parking on the footway either side of a dual carriageway is not justifiable and is punishable by instant PCN. The City of London does not take too kindly to vehicles parked on designated areas for pedestrians.

99: Stopped on a pedestrian crossing or crossing area marked by zigzags. Don’t ever do this. Besides a PCN, you could be issued points on your drivers license.