We have had to change the way that some of our services operate to meet the guidelines set out by the government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We have had to change the way that some of our services operate to meet the guidelines set out by the government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Blue badge applications

As a result of the current situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and following Government guidelines, all non-essential services, of which Blue Badge is one, are suspended until further notice.

You are still able to apply as normal but please be advised that Blue Badge applications will take longer than normal to process. For more information or for general enquiries please visit the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust website. As agreed by Governments and local authority associations across the UK, Blue Badges with an expiry date of the 1 January 2020 should have a relaxation of enforcement until 30 September 2020.

Car parks and on street pay and display bays

Anyone using our car parks, or on street pay and display bay, is asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines and to ensure they use hand sanitiser before and after using the parking machine to minimise their risk of catching and spreading the virus. Customers are reminded that parking charges both on and off street are in operation at all times. If anyone wishes to avoid the use of coins or contact with a pay and display machine, the Park Mobile app may be used which allows ‘hands free’ payments to be made. Further details on this payment method can be found on the information boards next to the ticket machines in the car parks, or on the sides of the machines at on street pay and display bays.

At the current time the following car parks remain closed:

  • Lymington Road Coach Station car park has been closed to accommodate a COVID-19 testing centre.
  • Lower Union Lane Multi-Storey car park is closed until further notice.
  • Quay West car park is closed to provide a location for vehicles queueing to access the Recycling Centre (pre-booked only). This car park is likely to be accessible to the general public at the end of May.

Free parking for NHS workers and volunteers

Key workers who work or volunteer for the NHS and social care to support our most vulnerable residents will continue to get free parking in council operated parking areas, providing the relevant paperwork is displayed on vehicle dashboards.

Free parking only applies if these workers are on duty where the use of the vehicle is necessary to undertake the role, and only to those working or volunteering in health and social area, it does not extend to all key workers.

For further information visit GOV.UK Government to provide free car parking for NHS and social care staff website.

Parking enforcement

As of Thursday 14 May, parking enforcement commenced for the majority of restrictions in place across Torbay, this was due to a number of beach car parks being reopened along with increased vehicular activity on Torbay's highway network. The parking restrictions currently being enforced in Torbay are as follows:

  • Double yellow lines (including seasonal)
  • Single yellow lines (including seasonal)
  • Loading bans (single or double yellow kerb marks)
  • Dropped kerbs
  • Zig-zags (school and pedestrian crossing)
  • Loading bays
  • Disabled badge holder only bays
  • Bays for a specific class of vehicle (e.g. taxi, bus, motor cycle, motor car)
  • On street pay and display bays
  • Off street pay and display areas (car parks, some closures still in place)