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A white horizontal line in a grey rectangle A thick white horizontal line in a grey rectangle A white dashed horizontal line in a grey rectangle
Stop line at signals or police control Stop line at 'Stop' sign Stop line for pedestrians at a level crossing

Two white dashed horizontal lines in a grey rectangle A white long dashed horizontal line in a grey rectangle A thick white dashed horizontal line in a grey rectangle
Give way to traffic on major road Give way to traffic from the right at a roundabout Give way to traffic from the right at a mini-roundabout

A white vertical line in a grey rectangle A white dashed vertical line in a grey rectangle A white long dashed vertical line in a grey rectangle A white vertical line and a white vertical dashed line in a grey rectangle Two white vertical lines in a grey rectangle Two white dashed vertical lines with diagonal dashes inbetween in a grey rectangle A white short dashed vertical line in a grey rectangle
Edge line Centre line
See Rule 106
Hazard warning line
See Rule 106
Double white lines
See rules 107 and 108
Diagonal hatching
See Rule 109
Lane line
See Rule 110


Along the edge of the carriageway

Waiting restrictions

Waiting 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.

Red Route stopping controls

Red 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 the day.

Red 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 BE CONSULTED.


Two vertical yellow lines in a grey rectangle A vertical yellow line in a grey rectangle below the words 8 am - 6 pm and an arrow pointing right in a yellow rectangle A white dashed line forming a rectangle inside a grey rectangle below the words Mon - Sat, 8 am - 7 pm, 20 mins, No return within 40 minutes and the letter P in a blue square inside a white rectangle
No waiting at any time No waiting during times shown on sign Waiting is limited to the times and duration shown


Two red vertical lines in a grey rectangle below the words Red Route No Stopping At Any Time in a red outlined rectangle A red vertical line in a grey rectangle below the words Red Route No Stopping Mon - Sat 7 am - 7 pm in a red outlined rectangle Two red vertical lines and a white dashed line that forms a rectangle in a grey rectangle below the words Red Route Mon - Sat 7 am - 7 pm 1 hour No return within 2 hours an a P in a blue square, in a red outlined rectangle Two red vertical lines and a red dashed line that forms a rectangle in a grey rectangle below the words Red Route No Stopping Mon - Sat 7 am - 7 pm 1 hour Except 10 am - 4 pm loading max 20 mins and a picture of a person with a trolley in a blue square, in a red outlined rectangle
No stopping at any time No stopping during times shown on sign Parking is limited at the times for duration shown Only loading may take place at the times shown for up to a maximum duration of 20 minutes

On the kerb or at the edge of the carriageway

Loading restrictions on roads other than Red Routes

Yellow 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.

ALWAYS CHECK THE TIMES SHOWN ON THE PLATES.

Lengths 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.

A picture of a kerb with two yellow lines on it under the words No Loading At Any Time in a black outlined rectangle A picture of a kerb with one yellow line on it under the words No Loading Mon - Sat 8.30 am - 6.30 pm inside a black outlined rectangle A white dashed line that forms a rectangle with the words Loading Bay inside a grey rectangle below the words Loading Only and a picture of a person with a trolley inside a black outlined rectangle
No loading or unloading at any time No loading or unloading at the times shown Loading bay

Two yellow zig zag lines either side of the words School Keep Clear inside a grey rectangle A white outlined triangle pointing down inside a grey rectangle A white dashed line that forms a rectangle with the words Doctor inside a grey rectangle
Keep entrance clear of stationary vehicles, even if picking up or setting down children Warning of 'Give Way' just ahead Parking space reserved for vehicles named

A yellow dashed line that forms a rectangle with the words Bus Stop inside a grey rectangle A yellow vertical line and a white vertical line and the words Bus Lane between them inside a grey rectangle Diagonal criss cross yellow linesinside a grey rectangle The words Keep Clear inside a grey rectangle An arrow bending to the left above the word City next to an arrow pointing up above the word A3 next to an arrow bending to the right above the words York Street, inside a grey rectangle
See Rule 120 See Rule 215 Box junction
See Rule 150
Do not block that part of the carriageway indicated Indication of traffic lanes


106: 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 do so.
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 stopping.

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 244)
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 passengers
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.














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