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What are the main rules for parking a LCV in London?

A Light Commercial Vehicle, that is, a vehicle with a gross mass up to and including 3,500 kg, generally comes into the same category as a car for parking in London. So as long as your van is properly taxed, insured and has a valid MOT where necessary, you only need to abide by normal parking restrictions. A minor exception is for parking vehicles overnight on roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or less if they have a kerb weight exceeding 2,500 kg: you must leave parking lights on, clear of obstruction. Other requirements include leaving the vehicle in a recognised parking place while facing the same direction as traffic, at least 10 metres from any junction.

What is the Congestion Charge Zone?

The Congestion Charge Zone covers central London within the Inner Ring Road, including the City and West End. It applies between 07.00 and 18.00 Monday to Friday, but not at weekends, public holidays and between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The charge of £11.50 a day, reducible by £1 with Auto Pay, covers most vehicles. Exemptions and discounts can apply to public service and low emission vehicles, and residents. You can pay in advance through the Transport for London website.

What are the parking costs in London?

Parking in London can be expensive. In fact, it’s one of the world’s priciest cities: visiting motorists should expect to pay upward of £40 per day, on average. So it’s worth shopping around! Parking is controlled by local authorities, so charges vary between areas. In Westminster, central London, a meter-controlled parking bay will set you back up to £15 for two hours, whereas the same duration would cost you £3 in some sites in Wandsworth. Some meters accept coins or cards, others only cash. The Parkopedia database is an excellent resource to help you get the most bang for your buck.

Which Renault vehicles are considered vans according to the parking rules?

By “vans”, we generally mean Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs): vehicles with a gross plated weight (i.e. fully laden) up to 3,500 kg. The Renault Kangoo, with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 1,950 kg, and the Renault Trafic, at 3,040 kg, fit easily within this category. Most models of the Renault Master, which comes in a variety of weights, lengths and conversions, have a GVW of 3,500 kg and also qualify. However, Renault also offers the Renault Master with a GVW of 4,500 kg which is classified as a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) and comes with its own rules and regulations.

Can I park my van at home?

A Light Commercial Vehicle, that is, a vehicle with a gross mass up to 3,500 kg, generally comes into the same category as a car for parking purposes. Getting permission from your employer is not relevant if you are an entrepreneur with your own business van, though you should notify your insurer and check whether this affects your coverage.Also make sure to consult your local council, as you may or may not be authorised to do so depending on the van’s position relative to other properties, the times you arrive and leave, and the van's general effect on the appearance of your area. Note that if you park your vehicle overnight on the street and its kerb weight exceeds 2,500 kg, you must leave its parking lights on.

Where can I park my food truck?

Parking and street trading laws differ greatly between local authorities.

Parking for food trucks falls to the same rules as any other light commercial vehicle. However, if you are trading, the legality of doing business in a given area might be determined by zoning – even though you’re mobile. Further restrictions may apply concerning time limits, meaning you’d have to move regularly. Contact your county clerk as well as your local motor vehicle department to learn the specific rules of where you can and can’t park a food truck in your area.