1. Standards information

    1. Anyone wishing to bring a vehicle onto our markets must have a valid driving licence and a minimum of third-party insurance that covers their use of the vehicle. All drivers must be legally eligible and insured to drive the vehicle.
    2. Vehicles must be registered with the DVLA, have up to date vehicle tax, have a current MOT certificate and be legally roadworthy. 
    3. Forklift Trucks (FLTs) must be roadworthy and suitable for the environment in which they are to be used. FLT operators must be suitably trained, a record of which must be available for inspection whenever requested by a Council officer or any other authorised officer or agent of the Council or any statutory bodies. When using FLTs on our markets, you must keep up-to-date risk assessments and training logs. You must provide us with a copy of these at the beginning of your occupancy / FLT use, and whenever requested. 
    4. Drive safely around the market considering the safety of others and in accordance with the market Traffic Management Plan. The speed limit on our markets is restricted to 5mph, except for New Smithfield Wholesale Market which is 15mph.  
    5. Vehicles must only use the designated accessways, loading areas and parking spaces at the market. Areas marked with double yellow lines and cross-hatching must always be kept clear.
    6. Load and unload vehicles immediately and do not leave unattended, unless in a designated parking area. When loading and unloading, you must give your neighbours consideration for vehicular access to their trading space. 
    7. Vehicles, except those used as part of the trading space, e.g., catering or car boot, are not permitted on the Neighbourhood Markets trading areas during trading times. Vehicles are not permitted to use the hallways at New Smithfield Wholesale Market from Monday to Saturday, except FLTs and emergency vehicles. This includes for loading, unloading, and parking. 
    8. Park vehicles in the designated parking places only without causing obstruction or nuisance to others. You must always display your Blue Badge whilst using a designated disabled parking bay. We will issue you with an Infringement Notice if your vehicle is parked in a manner that causes nuisance or obstruction, or without displaying the appropriate permit or badge. The notice will detail the contravention and remedial action required. You will be charged an administration fee of £55 +VAT for each Infringement Notice issued. Vehicles and their contents are left entirely at the owner's risk. 
    9. Unless otherwise agreed, parking is only permitted during the market business hours at our neighbourhood markets. There is no long-stay or overnight parking. Vehicles and their contents are left entirely at the owner's risk. 
    10. At New Smithfield Market, parking is available for short stay only; there is no long-stay or overnight parking. From Monday to Saturday, visitor parking is free of charge, and on Sunday parking is £2.50, or £1.50 for Blue Badge holders, payable by card or contactless only. Vehicles and their contents are left entirely at the owner's risk. 
    11. Other than when used for trading on our outdoor markets, do not use your trading or storage spaces for the purpose of garaging vehicles other than FLTs for use by you in connection with your permitted business at the market, without our express written permission. To apply for permission email the market management team. FLTs should only be garaged in well-ventilated spaces which are free from flammable material, particularly when parking overnight or for longer periods.
    12. Where required, whilst on the market display clearly within your vehicle all relevant Blue Badges, vehicle identity, access, and parking permits. 
    13. An ANPR system (automatic number plate recognition) is installed at New Smithfield Market. If you need regular access to New Smithfield Wholesale Market, you can apply to register your vehicle on our ANPR system. To request an ANPR Registration Form email

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