Parking restrictions can be displayed in many ways: Lines on the pavement, signs, parking spot markings, and more. Be sure to check all surrounding signs and look out for road markings to avoid fines.
For parking signs and information, see the British Parking Association.
Lines along the side of the road are used to show where restrictions on stopping, waiting, or parking apply.
Generally no lines means no fines. If the road is not marked with one of the following lines it is legal to park on the side of that road, but preferably not on the curb or sidewalk. Other cars must be able to pass your vehicle on one side and pedestrians should still be able to use the footpath. You should not park on a curve or blocking entryways. You will see this on many country roads, so keep an eye out for cars parked on either side of the road.
Single and double yellow lines control waiting. Even where waiting is prohibited, if you can do so safely you may set down and pick up passengers and may also stop to load or unload goods unless this is prohibited by short yellow curb marks or ‘blips’.
A double yellow line means no waiting at any time.
A single yellow line means no waiting during the time specified either on nearby time plates or on zone entry signs if you are in a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ).
Red lines are currently only used in the London, West Midlands and Edinburgh areas, but are likely to appear in other locations in the future.
A double red line means no stopping for any purpose at any time. Except in an emergency or to set down or pick up a disabled person.
A single red line has the same meaning, but only applies at the times stated on the signs that face the moving traffic.
Always look at the signs in the area where you are planning to park. When paying to park, overestimate how long you plan to spend in the area, or at the store. If you return after your ticket has expired, you could face a £70 pound fine.
Consider using Park & Ride services in bigger towns and cities. In Cambridge, for example, it could cost up to £20 to park, however, the Park & Ride service may only cost approx. £5.
Consider using an App to pay for parking if you can – this could make it easier to extend your stay if you need to, as you won’t need to physically be at your vehicle to do that.
Common Parking Lot Apps include: Ringo, JustPark, PaybyPhone, NCP
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