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We Need to Talk about Parking 8 Oct 2019 Do you know when parking is illegal and when it’s just inconsiderate?

A huge 60% of calls to Thames Valley Police about parking are not matters for the police at all. This news item sets the record straight.


Contact the police if a vehicle is parked...

  • on zig zag lines or a pedestrian crossing
  • in a way that would prevent emergency vehicle access
  • dangerously

Contact West Oxfordshire District Council if a vehicle is parked...

  • opposite or within 10 metres of a junction
  • over a dropped kerb
  • in spaces reserved for Blue Badge holders, residents or motorbikes (unless entitled to do so)
  • in marked taxi bays, cycle lanes or red lines
  • near a school entrance, bus or tram stop
  • on double yellow lines


Parking in any other area is classed as a civil matter, so neither the police nor the council will intervene. In some cases, however, parking on the kerb could restrict access for those who are vulnerable or who have disabilities so the police or local council could attend. View WODC Guide to Civil Parking Enforcement.

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