line at signals or police control
line at 'Stop' sign
line for pedestrians at a level crossing
way to traffic on major road
way to traffic from the right at a roundabout
way to traffic from the right at a mini-roundabout
See Rule 106
Hazard warning line
See Rule 106
Double white lines
See rules 107 and 108
See Rule 109
See Rule 110
the edge of the carriageway
restrictions indicated by yellow lines apply to the carriageway,
pavement and verge. You may stop to load or unload (unless there
are also loading restrictions as described below) or while passengers
board or alight. Double yellow lines mean no waiting at any time,
unless there are signs that specifically indicate seasonal restrictions.
The times at which the restrictions apply for other road markings
are shown on nearby plates or on entry signs to controlled parking
zones. If no days are shown on the signs, the restrictions are in
force every day including Sundays and Bank Holidays. White bay markings
and upright signs (see below) indicate where parking is allowed.
Route stopping controls
lines are used on some roads instead of yellow lines. In London
the double and single red lines used on Red Routes indicate that
stopping to park, load/unload or to board and alight from a vehicle
(except for a licensed taxi or if you hold a Blue Badge) is prohibited.
The red lines apply to the carriageway, pavement and verge. The
times that the red line prohibitions apply are shown on nearby signs,
but the double red line ALWAYS means no stopping at any time. On
Red Routes you may stop to park, load/unload in specially marked
boxes and adjacent signs specify the times and purposes and duration
allowed. A box MARKED IN RED indicates that it may only be available
for the purpose specified for part of the day (eg between busy peak
periods). A box MARKED IN WHITE means that it is available throughout
and single yellow lines CAN ONLY GIVE A GUIDE TO THE RESTRICTIONS
AND CONTROLS IN FORCE AND SIGNS, NEARBY OR AT A ZONE ENTRY, MUST
waiting at any time
waiting during times shown on sign
is limited to the times and duration shown
stopping at any time
stopping during times shown on sign
is limited at the times for duration shown
loading may take place at the times shown for up to a maximum
duration of 20 minutes
the kerb or at the edge of the carriageway
restrictions on roads other than Red Routes
marks on the kerb or at the edge of the carriageway indicate that
loading or unloading is prohibited at the times shown on the nearby
black and white plates. You may stop while passengers board or alight.
If no days are indicated on the signs the restrictions are in force
every day including Sundays and Bank Holidays.
CHECK THE TIMES SHOWN ON THE PLATES.
of road reserved for vehicles loading and unloading are indicated
by a white 'bay' marking with the words 'Loading Only' and a sign
with the white on blue 'trolley' symbol. This sign also shows whether
loading and unloading is restricted to goods vehicles and the times
at which the bay can be used. If no times or days are shown it may
be used at any time. Vehicles may not park here if they are not
loading or unloading.
loading or unloading at any time
loading or unloading at the times shown
entrance clear of stationary vehicles, even if picking up or
setting down children
of 'Give Way' just ahead
space reserved for vehicles named
See Rule 150
not block that part of the carriageway indicated
of traffic lanes
A broken white line. This marks the centre of the road. When this
line lengthens and the gaps shorten, it means that there is a hazard
ahead. Do not cross it unless you can see the road is clear well ahead
and wish to overtake or turn off.
107: Double white lines where the line nearest
to you is broken. This means you may cross the lines to overtake if
it is safe, provided you can complete the manoeuvre before reaching
a solid white line on your side. White arrows on the road indicate
when you need to get back onto your side of the road.
108: Double white lines where the line nearest
you is solid. This means you MUST NOT cross or straddle it unless
it is safe and you need to enter adjoining premises or a side road.
You may cross the line if necessary to pass a stationary vehicle,
or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they
are travelling at 10mph or less.
109: Areas of white diagonal stripes or chevrons
painted on the road. These are to separate traffic lanes or to protect
traffic turning right.
If the area is bordered by a broken white line, you should not enter
the area unless it is necessary and you can see that it is safe to
If the area is marked with diagonal stripes and bordered by solid
white lines, you should not enter it except in an emergency.
If the area is marked with chevrons and bordered by solid white lines
you MUST NOT enter it except in an emergency.
110: Lane dividers.These are short broken
white lines which are used on wide carriageways to divide them into
lanes. You should keep between them.
120: Bus and tram lanes. These are shown
by road markings and signs. You MUST NOT drive or stop in a tram lane
or in a bus lane during its period of operation unless the signs indicate
you may do so.
150: Box junctions. These have criss-cross
yellow lines painted on the road (see Other road markings section).
You MUST NOT enter the box until your exit road or lane is clear.
However, you may enter the box and wait when you want to turn right,
and are only stopped from doing so by oncoming traffic, or by other
vehicles waiting to turn right. At signalled roundabouts you MUST
NOT enter the box unless you can cross over it completely without
167: You MUST NOT park on a crossing or in
the area covered by the zig-zag lines. You MUST NOT overtake the moving
vehicle nearest the crossing or the vehicle nearest the crossing which
has stopped to give way to pedestrians.
215: You MUST NOT stop or park on the carriageway
or the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency (see Rule
a pedestrian crossing, including the area marked by the zig-zag lines
(see Rule 167)
a Clearway (see Traffic signs section)
a Bus Stop Clearway within its hours of operation
taxi bays as indicated by upright signs and markings
-an Urban Clearway within its hours of operation, except to pick up
or set down passengers (see Traffic signs section)
a road marked with double white lines, except to pick up or set down
a bus, tram or cycle lane during its period of operation
a cycle track
red lines, in the case of specially designated 'red routes', unless
otherwise indicated by signs.
244: You MUST NOT stop on the carriageway,
hard shoulder, slip road, central reservation or verge except in an
emergency, or when told to do so by the police, an emergency sign
or by flashing red light signals.