The people of Merton will now be able to dob in illegal parkers.

At the beginning of this month, Merton Council introduced a dedicated phone line for people to report illegal parking, such as on the pavement, vehicles on yellow lines during restricted times or in a disabled bay without a Blue Badge.

The council’s cabinet member for regeneration, environment and housing, Martin Whelton said: “Residents have told us that they want us to take quick action when they report illegally parked vehicles.

"Therefore, from August residents can use the new dedicated telephone line to report an illegally parked vehicle outside of office hours.

"I am certain that everyone agrees that illegal parking is dangerous for pedestrians and can be a real nuisance for other road users.

"Taking quick action reinforces our firm but fair approach to traffic enforcement.”

The line will be available Monday to Saturday from 7am to 10pm, and Sundays 11.45am to 4pm.

During the evenings and at weekends calls will go directly to the civil enforcement officer mobile patrol.

The number to call to report illegal parking is 020 8545 4661, option 3.