London is one of the largest cities in Europe and it is notorious for its heavy traffic. That makes moving home in the English capital a very tricky task not only when it comes to the actual transportation of your belongings but also to the parking of the moving vehicle in which they are travelling.
Some basics about the parking system in London
There are three main parking areas in London – parking meter bays, red-route parking spots and designated parking bays. As their name suggests is, parking meter bays come with parking meters. You can park a moving van there and often you will not even be charged for it if you use the spot for a short period of time. Designated parking bays tend to have time-limit restrictions and they are not allowed for all types of vehicles which means that you may need to apply for a parking permit. Red-route parking bays can be used only during low traffic hours.
Will you need a parking permit?
Parking permits in London are usually required in the areas that lack convenient parking spots or which are too busy. Without such a parking permit, you will be fined. It is advisable to contact your local council and to check whether or not you will need to apply for such a permit or not. Keep in mind that every London borough has different parking restrictions and rules. To make things even more challenging, some areas in the UK capital are administered not by one but by two or three boroughs if they are sitting on a borough border. Such is the case with a number of districts in north-west London. For example, the area of Kilburn is sitting between the London Boroughs of Brent and Camden, while the suburb of Sudbury is situated on the boundary between Brent and Harrow. Therefore, make sure that you provide the exact address of your new home when you are making an enquiry for a parking permit.
Loading and unloading specifics
Aside from having numerous parking restriction, London is a city that also has many restrictions related to loading activity. And again, bans vary from area to area. Unfortunately, the moving home process is all about loading and unloading. That being said, you will also need to check with your local council whether you will need a so-called dispensation permit or not. Some of the places where loading and unloading activity in London is strictly banned include:
- Resident parking bays and disabled bays
- Bus stops
- Cab rest bays and police bays
- In places with zig-zag lines or double kerb markings
Are there any alternatives?
It sounds like you will need to do a lot of research before your moving day. Don’t forget to apply for all the necessary permits in advance because these things can take some time. If all of that sounds like too much work for you, you can simply save yourself all that trouble and hire a licensed removals company in London. The firm will take care of all the boring documentation, allowing you to focus all of your attention on planning other aspects of the relocation.