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Parking Regulations


On-street parking control signs and road markings

Waiting restrictionsLoading restrictionsOn-street parking placesParking zonesRed Routes and Taxi
Waiting restrictions

Waiting prohibited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for at least 4 consecutive months. Yellow plates are no longer used where the restriction applies all year round

Waiting prohibited between times shown on the sign
If there are no times shown on the signs then you must assume that the restrictions apply 24 hours a day a number of councils mislead some car owners by not putting times on some signs that are in force for 24 hours a day seven days a week

Waiting restrictions are indicated by both signs and road markings. The restrictions usually apply to the whole of the highway, including verges and footways. Drivers may stop to pick up or set down passengers and, where not prohibited, to load and unload. Disabled blue badge holders can usually park for up to three hours or, in Scotland, without a time limit.

Yellow lines along the edge of the carriageway, parallel to the kerb, indicate that restrictions are in force. In environmentally sensitive areas, a pale shade of yellow maybe used and the width of the lines may be reduced. Except in controlled parking zones, small yellow plates are normally erected adjacent to the carriageway to give details of the times of operation of the restrictions. Where the yellow plate does not indicate the days of the week, the restrictions apply at the same times every day, including Sunday. If a bank holiday falls on a day when the restrictions are in operation, the restrictions apply in the normal way unless the plate states that they do not. Special restrictions may apply on days when a large event is being held at a nearby stadium or arena; these will also be shown on the plates.

A double yellow line means no waiting at any time. The accompanying yellow plate, "no waiting at any time", is gradually being phased out. Where the "at any time" restriction applies for only part of the year (e.g. during the summer months at a holiday resort) and is for at least four consecutive months, double yellow lines are used with plates giving the dates that the restrictions apply. Waiting restrictions that apply for a shorter period or for only part of the day or week are indicated by a single yellow line.

This "no waiting" sign is used on portable signs to mark temporary waiting restrictions Length of road to be kept clear of stationary vehicles, at entrances to off-street premises or where the kerb is dropped to provide a convenient crossing place for pedestrians

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