Coach and lorry parking

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Request to use a council car park by coaches

Coach operators wishing to park in Tonbridge must contact our Parking Office who will try to accommodate their needs. Arrangements must be made at least 3 working days (Monday to Friday) prior to being needed. Please note that coaches must not stop and allow passengers to get on, or off, coaches in Tonbridge High Street.

Sovereign Way North car park should be used for drop off and pick up for coach parties. This is because coaches using this car park are less likely to disrupt the usual users of Tonbridge town centre car parks.

Written permission must be provided by the Council for coaches, or any other vehicle that is not of a specified class in the Off-Street Parking Places Order, being parked in any of our car parks.

Other car parks may be considered outside of charging hours, as they will be less busy at these times.

We do not reserve spaces for use by coaches, as our car parks are available to everyone on a first come first served basis.

Coaches should not block running lanes. We would suggest using areas away from the entrance so that passengers are away from the busiest parts of our car parks.

Coaches dropping off and picking up passengers in our car parks within charging hours must pay for the amount of bays that they are using. Please note that parking tickets would need to be paid for in cash, as the facility to pay by phone or app will not allow multiple parking tickets for one registration number.

M20 traffic flow management

The Department for Transport (DfT) have published how they intend to manage traffic flow on Kent’s road network in the event of severe disruption to services across the English Channel.

Operation Brock is now no longer active. The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued a press release announcing the introduction of a quick movable barrier (QMB) in Kent. This will be a concrete barrier on the M20 which will be quicker to deploy that the metal barrier that was in place for Operation Brock. Highways England have stated that they are working at pace to ensure that the QMB is in place for December 2020.

Due to this new development, the Highways England project to source lorry parks in Kent has closed.

Problem parking by commercial and large vehicles parked on street

Different bodies have legal powers for different aspects of commercial and large vehicles, depending on where they are parked and if there are parking restrictions.

The Department for Transport (DfT) published a National survey of lorry parking in 2018.

Freight Action plan

Kent County Council (KCC) are the highway authority for Kent and have produced a Freight Action Plan for Kent to address concerns with the movement of freight both through and within Kent.

Lorry Watch Scheme

Lorry Watch is a scheme run by local residents with the assistance of KCC and Kent Police.

Vehicles parked on street parked dangerously or causing an obstruction

Only the Police have the power to deal with vehicles which are parked dangerously or are causing an obstruction, this applies if there are parking restrictions or not. It is for the Police to decide if a vehicle is parked dangerously or causing an obstruction.

Vehicles parked on street contravening parking restrictions

We, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, have specific powers to enforce parking restrictions. Lines and signs are used for most parking restrictions such as 'no parking at any time' (double yellow lines), 'time restricted parking' (single yellow lines) and permit areas.

If our Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO's) witness a vehicle parked in contravention of parking restrictions, they can issue a Penalty Charge Notice. We do not have powers to remove vehicles.

Large and commercial vehicles parked on street where the company has an 'Operators Licence'

It is an offence to operate a goods vehicle without a licence if one is required. The licensing scheme is administered by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Part of a licence application relates to the operating centre, which should have sufficient space to park all vehicles when not in use.

This does not prevent the parking of commercial vehicles on street (to allow long distance deliveries etc).

Check Operators Licence information, including operating centres

Complain about a vehicle operator or driver to the DVSA

Vehicles parked on street between the hours of sunrise and sunset

Under the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 (Regulation 24), if a vehicle is parked on-street between the hours of sunrise and sunset, or in seriously reduced visibility between sunrise and sunset, without displaying lights then it could be committing an offence and the Police can enforce.

Untaxed or uninsured vehicles

Check vehicle information, that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) hold, this information includes tax and MOT.

Report a vehicle that is not taxed to DVLA. Vehicle Tax cannot be purchased without a valid MOT.

Report uninsured vehicles to the Police, as only the Police have the power to deal with the offence of using a motor vehicle with no insurance.