Footway (pavement) parking is only allowed in certain locations, and only if a minimum gap of one metre has been left on the pavement for wheelchair users and pedestrians to pass the vehicle.

We may issue you with a penalty charge notice (PCN) if you park on the pavement where it is not allowed, or if you leave less than a one-meter gap on the footway.

Vehicles must not park on grass verges and a PCN will be issued to any vehicle found parked wholly or partially on a grass verge.


Changes from April 2016

Since Monday 4 April 2016 we started taking a firmer approach to enforcing footway (pavement) parking.

Footway parking is not permitted across London and regulations for this restriction have been in place London-wide for a number of years. The Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1974 (amended by the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Act 2008) gives councils within London the authority to issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to vehicles parked on the footway. Councils have the discretion to allow vehicles to park on the footway where appropriate and not to take enforcement action, such as in narrow roads where vehicles parked fully on the road would cause obstruction.

There are over 600 roads in Merton which are not currently within a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) and a number of these roads are narrow. In these narrow roads there would be insufficient room for emergency, refuse or public service vehicles to gain access if vehicles were parked with all four wheels on the carriageway (surface of the road). This is why up until now discretion has been exercised and we have not issued PCNs on these roads.

However, having received a number of complaints from Merton's residents and pedestrians regarding vehicles obstructing pedestrian access on the pavement, the footway parking policy has been revised and the new policy took effect on 4 April 2016.


Contact us

To report vehicles parked on the pavement and obstructing pedestrian access please call 020 8545 4661, option 3.

If you have any comments, questions or concerns about this policy you can contact us at