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Newham Council warns parking fines and permits to return in full after lockdown relaxation of rules

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 June 2020 | UPDATED: 12:15 16 June 2020

Barking and Dagenham Council has ended its 30 minutes free parking allowance. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Images

Barking and Dagenham Council has ended its 30 minutes free parking allowance. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Images

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The council is bringing back parking fines to stop streets being clogged with cars as lockdown eases.

Newham Council plans to reissue permits and fines for any driver found flouting parking rules from July 1 after it relaxed enforcement in March.

Cllr James Asser, Newham’s transport chief, said: “We will be re-introducing full enforcement to ensure that we are managing our roads effectively.”

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Parking permits were suspended and fines only issued to owners parking vehicles dangerously, on yellow lines, blocked junctions or who caused an obstruction during the relaxation of the rules.

Free parking will continue to be available for NHS staff and key workers via an application process until the end of August.

New permits are being issued for a maximum six month period. Newham will be bringing in a paperless system from January 2021.

People whose first permits have run out are due to receive a letter and replacement next week. Online applications for second and third permit holders will re-open on June 17.


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