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Parking Restrictions on the Highway

Yellow Zig-Zags

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 A yellow zig-zag line and the words "School Keep Clear" in yellow on the carriageway indicate an area outside a school entrance where no stopping is allowed during the times on the signs on either side of the marking. There are no exemptions for loading or unloading, or for picking up or setting down passengers.

Keeping the zig zags clear give children, a clear view of the road when crossing and improves safety for everyone.

 Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) are issued to motorists that do not conform to the rules for yellow zig zags, either by Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) or our CCTV camera cars.

 CCTV enforcement contributes to beneficial changes in driver behaviour. For example, at schools, the presence of Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) deters those who park dangerously and inconsiderately risking the lives of our children

Pedestrian Crossing Zig-Zag areas

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No stopping is allowed on a zebra or pedestrian crossing including the areas marked by white zig-zag lines. There are no exemptions for loading or unloading, or for picking up or setting down passengers.

Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) or the Police may issue a Fixed Penalty Notice to a vehicle parked in these areas, and this remains an endorsable offence

Double yellow lines

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Motorists are prohibited from parking 24 hours per day, 7 days per week which includes Sundays and public holidays, unless signs signify times that parking is permitted.

Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) are issued to motorists that do not conform to the rules for double yellow lines.

There are some exceptions, please see below for more details.

Red Routes

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Red route double red lines mean no stopping at any time, even to drop off or pick up passengers.

Red route single red lines have restricted stopping times that are displayed on the sign adjacent to the line.

Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) are issued to motorists that do not conform to the rules restricting them from stopping in a red route double red line area or if within the restriction times displayed on signs.

Red route rules are upheld strictly and many thousands of PCN are issued each year through CCTV alone.

Double yellow line exceptions

There are however some exceptions for the parking on double yellow lines law where it becomes legal. These are as follows:

Vehicles loading or unloading whilst on double yellow lines

A vehicle unloading or loading for commercial purposes is permitted to stop on double yellow lines, though the unloading or loading must be continuous, must not exceed 40 minutes for heavy goods vehicles, 20 minutes for cars or light goods vehicles and that there must not be waiting restriction kerb markings or signs in place. Loading or unloading must be obvious to the Civil Enforcement Officer (CEO).

Picking up or dropping off passengers on double yellow lines

Motorists that briefly stop on double yellow lines to pick up or drop off passengers are permitted providing no stopping restrictions are in force.

Disabled blue badge holders parking on double yellow lines

Vehicles displaying a valid blue badge are permitted to park on double yellow lines up to a maximum of 3 hours providing there are no loading restriction in place. Disabled blue badges must be displayed at all times as well as the accompanying time clock. The time clock must be set to the time of arrival. Although parking on double yellow lines is permitted, it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure they park in an area where they do not cause an obstruction, hazard or danger to other road users.

Emergency Services

Emergency vehicles can park in restricted areas - containing, for instance, single or double yellow lines or double red lines - only when they're used for specific police, fire brigade or ambulance purposes

Frequently asked question

Can you park on the pavement next to a double yellow line?

No, it is illegal, whether there’s a pavement or a grass verge, Waiting restrictions apply from the centre of the carriageway to the back of the pavement.