FOI release

Parking charges by mobile phone

FOI response about authorities granted permission to enforce parking charges by mobile phone and how mobile phone parking bays are marked.

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This is a response to a Freedom of Information request for information about which enforcement authorities have been granted permission to enforce parking charges by mobile phone. The original request also asked about how bay markings, for parking bays where charges are paid by mobile phone within a controlled zone, are marked on the road.

Our response states that:

  • there is no specific legislation restricting local authorities who are free to decide how they collect parking charges including by mobile phone, although they must gain ‘sign authorisation’ from the Department for Transport for displaying the relevant signing
  • there is no difference in bay marking for areas where mobile phone parking charges are available as this is conveyed via signs and not the bay markings themselves