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Loading restrictions

Where loading restrictions apply in addition to waiting restrictions("loading" means both loading and unloading), these are indicatedby both yellow kerb marks and white plates. These plates may becombined with the yellow "no waiting" plates. As the marks areplaced intermittently along the kerb, a white plate is normallyerected at the first mark (where the loading restriction begins)and may include an arrow indicating the direction along the roadin which the loading restriction applies. Where a white plate doesnot indicate the days of the week, the restrictions apply at thesame times every day, including Sunday. If a bank holiday fallson a day when the restrictions are in operation, the restrictionsapply in the normal way unless the plate states that they do not.



Loading prohibited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for at least 4 consecutive months. The plate should include dates if the restriction does not apply throughout the year



Loading prohibited between times shown on the sign
Special restrictions may apply ondays when a large event is beingheld at a nearby stadium or arena;these will also be shown on theplates. Disabled blue badgeholders may not park whenloading restrictions are in force.







A double kerb mark means noloading at any time and is alwayssupplemented by a "no loading atany time" plate. Where the "at anytime" restriction applies for onlypart of the year (e.g. during thesummer months at a holidayresort) and is for at least fourconsecutive months, double kerbmarks are used with plates givingthe dates that the restrictionsapply. Loading restrictions thatapply for a shorter period or foronly part of the day or week areindicated by a single kerb mark.

Examples of waiting and loading
restriction signs and markings



No waiting at any time during the summer months in the direction of the arrow. No waiting at any time throughout the year in the opposite direction (no yellow plate required). The changeover point is indicated in the carriageway by the transverse mark on the double yellow lines


No waiting at any time throughout the year in both directions. No loading to the left during the days and times shown. No loading at any time throughout the year in the opposite direction. The white plates with arrows are placed at the changeover point. There is no transverse mark on the double yellow line because the waiting restrictions do not change


No waiting and loading to the left during morning and evening peak hours on the days shown. No waiting and loading to the right from morning to evening on the days shown. The changeover point for the waiting restrictions is shown by the transverse mark on the single yellow line. The times shown for peak periods and day-time restrictions may vary


No waiting to the left during the days and times indicated. Loading is permitted at all times in this direction. Waiting and loading prohibited to the right at all times throughout the year


The prohibition of waiting shown on the upper yellow panel on the plate applies in both directions. The prohibition of loading shown on the lower white panel of the plate applies only in the direction of the arrow. In the other direction, loading is permitted at all times. The arrow applies only to the white panel on which it is placed, not to the whole plate. There is no transverse mark on the single yellow line because the waiting restrictions do not change


The prohibition of waiting shown on the yellow plate applies in both directions. No loading to the left during morning and evening peak hours on the days shown. No loading to the right from morning to evening on the days shown. The white plates with arrows are placed at the changeover point. There is no transverse mark on the single yellow line because the waiting restrictions do not change. The times shown forpeak periods and day-time restrictions may vary



No waiting to the left during morning and evening peak hours. No waiting to the right from morning to evening on the days shown. No loading during morning and evening peak hours in both directions. The changeover point for the waiting restrictions is shown by the transverse mark on the single yellow line


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