MOTORISTS can enjoy the festive period with less risk of parking tickets as parking regulations are to be effectively suspended. Croydon Council will not be enforcing any parking regulations across the borough on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. And on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, the authority will not be enforcing parking regulations in council-run car parks or on-street parking bays within the central zone. Regulations will be also be relaxed in all other zones after 5pm on those two days, but yellow-line restrictions will be place. Councillor Phil Thomas, cabinet member for environment and highways, said: "As usual at this special time of each year, we're taking the opportunity to give a little back to the residents of, and visitors to, Croydon by relaxing the usual restrictions. "All we'd ask is that motorists act in a sensible and thoughtful way, ensuring that, when they leave their car, they do so in a manner that's not going to be a nuisance or hindrance to others." The holiday arrangements add to permanent parking fee reductions and half-hour free parking in the so-called Restaurant Quarter of South End and Selsdon Road. From Saturday December 30, motorists will be able to park free of charge for up to half an hour in South End and the section of Selsdon Road between South End and Bartlett Street. The Council has also dropped prices in the Spices Yard car park. Cllr Thomas added: "Our decision to reduce the Restaurant Quarter parking charges will give a huge boost both to those trading in and around the quarter, and to its many visitors, attracted by the large and diverse range of eating experiences on offer."
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