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Parking Regulations


On-street parking control signsand road markings

Waiting restrictionsLoading restrictionsOn-street parking placesParking zonesRed Routes and Taxi

Red routes

On red routes, yellow waiting restriction lines are replaced by redlines that mean no stopping for any purpose, not even to pick upor set down passengers, other than by a licensed taxi. A driver ofa vehicle displaying a blue badge may stop to pick up or setdown a disabled person, but must not park.

Double red lines mean no stopping at any time Single red lines mean no stopping during the days and times shown on the up right sign

The prohibition of stopping applies to the whole road, includingthe verge and footway, during the times shown on upright signsthat face oncoming traffic. Special bays marked on thecarriageway may be provided for parking or loading; theconditions that apply to these will be indicated on upright signsthat should also face oncoming traffic.

A bay marked with red broken lines means that it is available for use for only part of the time that the red route "no stopping" rule applies.The bay must not be used from Monday to Saturday between 7 am and 10 am nor between 4 pm and7 pm. In this example, the bay may be used for loading/unloading (max stay 20 minutes) and by blue badge holders (max stay 3 hours), during the times shown in the bottom panel A bay marked with white broken lines means that it is available for use at all times that the red route "no stopping" rule applies. The upright sign shown in this example means thatthe bay is reserved for blue badge holders, with a maximum stay of 3 hours

Licensed taxis maypick up or set down passengers at busstops on a red route where there is a broad continuous yellow lineat the edge of the carriageway, but notif the broad line is red. Drivers of vehicles displaying a blue disabled badge are not permitted to stop for any purposein a bus stop bay where there is either a broad yellow or broad red line

Some red routes have upright signs without any road markings.These are designated "RED ROUTE CLEARWAYS", wherestopping for any purpose is prohibited at all times, except inmarked lay-bys. Unlike the 24-hour clearway on rural roads,stopping on a red route clearway is prohibited on the verge andfootway as well as on the main carriageway. There should be redlines at junctions to warn drivers entering the clearway from aside road.

Start of a red route clearway (also used as a repeater sign, particularly after a road junction)   End of red route clearway

Taxi ranks

Taxi ranks usually have yellow bays marked with the word"TAXIS". Where the bay is used for other purposes (e.g. loadingand unloading) at a different time of day, the bay will be whitewithout any words. Either waiting or stopping will be prohibitedwithin a taxi rank. Where stopping is prohibited, the bay includesa broad continuous yellow line at the edge of the carriageway.Where waiting is prohibited in taxi ranks, yellow "no waiting" linesare provided where waiting is also prohibited at other times, orwhere the bay marking is white because it has shared use. Yellowupright signs show the times when waiting or stopping isprohibited in the rank.

No waiting in taxi rank during the times shown

No stopping in taxi rank during the times shown.
The bay includes a broad continuous line to indicate the prohibition of stopping

The sign shows the times when the bay is used as a taxi rank (overnight) and when it is used for loading by goods vehicles (during the day from Monday to Saturday). At other times there are no restrictions on parking. The single yellow line is replaced by a broad yellow line if stopping by other vehicles is prohibited during the times the bay is used by taxis.This will be indicated in the upper panel of the sign, where the "no waiting" symbol is replaced by the red cross and the words "No waiting" variedto "No stopping"

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