While the key rules and regulations regarding parking (as well as other matters pertaining to councils) are generally uniform across councils, there may be certain areas in which one council may differ from the other. The aim of this blog post is to understand the Southwark Parking Scheme in detail while giving an overview of other taxes related to vehicle ownership and the legal responsibilities of car owners.

What Is The Southwark Council Parking Scheme?

The Southwark Council Parking Scheme was initially designed to protect the environment while maintaining facilities for residents. To make sure of this, a tenants handbook was made with a specific section related to terms and conditions for parking vehicles. Some of the essential These include the following:

  • Tenants can park one vehicle as per the space allotted to them.
  • Tenants should not park on a footway, garden or verge that is not part of the road or highway, or a dropped kerb on the street.
  • Permanent residents who live within a controlled parking zone should buy a parking permit. Owners who do not live in the controlled parking zone are not entitled to a residents’ parking permit.
  • Residents who request disabled parking spaces will need to furnish medical evidence in support of their claim.
  • Residents must have a valid current tax disc and MOT for their vehicles and that they are roadworthy; SORN vehicles cannot be parked. 
  • Residents must assure that their vehicles are not abandoned within the council premises. 

A detailed explanation of these pointers as well as additional information regarding the Southwark Parking Scheme can be found in the Southwark Tenants Handbook.

What Should I Do If I Am Charged With PCN?

If you have been issued a Penalty Charge Notice, you can pay your PCN using your debit or credit card. You can also pay through a post office, pay by cheque or postal order to the Council Office.

In addition to parking offences, a PCN can also be charged for breaking traffic rules, failing to follow road signs, not paying the charges for the London congestion zone or low emission zone. Depending on the severity of the action, PCN charges can range between £50 to £130 and must be paid within due time.

The UK government has introduced a specific scheme during Covid-19 to benefit NHS health and social care staff, as well as NHS COVID-19 volunteers/critical care workers; through which parking concessions are available for health, care and volunteer workers. If you fall under any of these categories, you should have a special parking permit and councils will not issue a PCN unless you have parked dangerously. 

How Long Do I Have To Pay A PCN? 

Once a penalty charge notice is issued, you will have 28 days to make the payment and in case the amount is paid within 14 days, you may even get a 50 per cent discount on the fine.

If your PCN is more than 60 days old, you have been issued an  ‘Order for Recovery of Unpaid Penalty Charge Notice’ more than 21 days ago or you’ve been issued a bailiff’s letter, you will not be able to make an online payment to clear your PCN charges. In this case, you may have to pay through cheque, postal order or in person at the council post office.

If you do not pay your PCN within 28 days, you will be issued a charge certificate after which you will have 14 days to clear your dues. If you fail to do so, an additional amount of 50 per cent will be added to your PCN charges.

What Are The Legal Obligations Of Drivers In The UK?

Legal obligations of drivers in the UK include the following:

  • the vehicle should be registered with DVLA
  • the vehicle must be roadworthy
  • the owner must have paid their current vehicle tax 
  • the owner must have a current mot certificate 
  • the owner must have a minimum of third party insurance 

Car owners are also required to inform the DVLA in case of the following:

  • a change in the owner’s name or gender
  • new contact details including address
  • in case of a medical condition of the driver
  • major alterations to the vehicle
  • sale of the vehicle

How Is Car Tax Paid In The UK?

Car owners receive a reminder from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency around three weeks before their vehicle tax is about to expire. This is called a V11 reminder. This letter can be taken to the nearest local post office which has car tax facilities and used as a reference to pay your car tax. If a vehicle owner loses their V11 letter, they can use their 11 digit reference number from their logbook known as V5C.

To pay your car tax online from the post office, you will need the following documents;

  • Your V11 letter
  • An MOT test certificate
  • The amount of payment mentioned in the V11 letter

If you have misplaced your V11 letter or your V5C, your car tax can still be renewed through the local post office. At this time, you should also apply for a new Registration Certificate using a V62 application form A for £25

However, if you do not intend to run your car on public roads, you are not required to pay your car tax. Instead, you should apply for Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) through your local post office dealing with car tax.

Can I Tax My Car While Waiting For Log Book?

Yes, you can pay your car tax while waiting for your logbook. If you have purchased a brand new car and you are the first owner, dealers usually arrange for payment for your car tax. Most of the time your car tax is included along with the price of your car and any registration fee that is to be levied. In the case of a second-hand car, if the dealer does not arrange a logbook transfer to your name, you can do the same by contacting the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) on their website. However, it is advisable to purchase a vehicle with an updated logbook to avoid fraud or the purchase of a stolen car.

You may only be able to pay your car tax only if the vehicle is registered in your name and you can provide any of the following documents to prove your ownership of the car:

  • incase your V11 reminder notice which states the vehicle owner’s name and the amount of car tax due for the next tax term
  • a V62 logbook application form which shows that you have applied for a V5 while the previous one has gone missing
  • a V5C/2 Green slip that is issued to new car owners while the ownership of their vehicle is transferred from the previous owner

Who Has To Pay Road Tax In The UK?

Anyone with a roadworthy vehicle in the UK is required to pay road tax (also referred to as car tax, vehicle tax or road fund license. This is a mandatory, annual payment enforced by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. The amount due on a vehicle owner depends on the type of vehicle they drive as well as the level of CO2 emissions from their car.

The following vehicles are exempt from road tax:

  • Cars used by a disabled person
  • Disabled passenger vehicles
  • Electric vehicles
  • Historic vehicles
  • Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs
  • Mowing machines
  • Steam vehicles
  • Vehicles used for agriculture, horticulture and forestry

You can check vehicle tax online to confirm if your car has been taxed.

How Much Road Tax Do I Have To Pay In The UK?

Road tax or Vehicle Excise Duty in the UK is calculated on the basis of a few factors including the engine size and CO2 emissions of the car.

However, the UK road tax system is divided across two separate rates. The first-rate applies during the first year of a car on the road when its CO2 emissions are also accounted for while calculating the tax rate. It may range from £0 for zero-emission cars to £2,245 for cars that emit 255g/km or more.

From the second year onwards, the CO2 emissions will not account for road tax, rather the original cost of the car will be considered for calculations.

Cars that are valued at or above £40,000 will be taxed a further £335 annual supplement that runs for five years. After this time-lapse, they will be taxed at the current tax rate applicable during the tax term.

The current (2021-22) road tax is set at a flat rate of £155. This is an increase from £150 in the 2020/2021 financial year) to adjust for inflation. There’s a £10 annual discount for alternatively fuelled vehicles such as hybrids, mild hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Therefore, their owners pay £145 annually.

Conclusion:

Parking rules and regulations in the Southwark Council are similar to other councils as well. For instance, residents are required to maintain roadworthy vehicles, park in their designated spaces and away from dropped kerbs. In case of being issued a PCN, they must pay their dues within 28 days of being issued a penalty, maintain their vehicle logbook and follow road and safety guidelines.

FAQs: What Is The Southwark Council Parking Scheme? 

What is an estate parking permit?

An estate parking permit is an annual permit that allows the parking of vehicles in estate parking zones. The validity of the permit is 12 months; after which it may be renewed.

Is parking free in Southwark?

On-street parking is free in Southwark. However, residents need to purchase a parking permit. Southwark also offers parking spaces and garages for council housing residents.

Can I get a parking permit in Southwark?

Permanent residents who live within a controlled parking zone in Southwark can buy a parking permit. Owners who do not live in the controlled parking zone are not entitled to a residents’ parking permit.

How much is parking in Southwark?

Parking charges in Southwark are classified as £8.40 per hour for Controlled parking zones C1, C2, F, £4.50 per hour for Controlled parking zones D, G & GR, £4.60 per hour for Controlled parking zones HH & P and £4.10 per hour for all other controlled parking zones.

How does a virtual parking permit work?

When someone uses a parking permit online, they are required to enter details of their vehicle registration. The information is shared on a real-time basis with civil enforcement officers who are able to confirm whether the vehicle is permitted to park in the area.

References:

Parking – Southwark Council

Paying a council car parking fine

Parking fines and penalty charge notices – GOV.UK

Driving without tax – what’s the penalty?.

When can you drive a car with no tax?

VED road tax: how does car tax work and how much will it cost? | Auto Express

DVLA-car tax

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John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.

John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.