Are you allowed to park on single yellow lines or double yellow lines?

By Bobatoo
August 3, 2022

Is there anything more annoying than trying to find somewhere to park in your street, in the city or on a local side road?

We’ve all been in the situation where we see a space to park in but there are yellow lines on the road and many of us are unsure whether parking restriction fines could apply if we get it wrong. 

So can you park on single or double yellow lines in the UK and what are the exceptions?

What does a single yellow line mean?

When you see a single yellow line on the road, it means that there are parking and stopping restrictions in that area. Usually, these restrictions are applicable at certain times of the day or days of the week and are displayed on a yellow road sign in or near the area.

Single yellow line on road

When can you park on a single yellow line?

You are not allowed to park or wait on a single yellow line during the times displayed on the road sign. However, you are allowed to park outside of the times and days stated. 

For example, if the sign says 8:00am to 5:00pm, you are allowed to park on the single yellow line any time after 5:00pm but will need to make sure you move your vehicle before 8:00am the next day.

Waiting restrictions road sign for yellow line

If you are a disabled badge holder (blue badge), you are allowed to park on single yellow lines as long as you have the badge clearly displayed on your dashboard along with the time you arrived. You will then be able to park in the location for up to 3 hours.

Can you park on double yellow lines?

According to the highway code and as a general rule, you cannot park or wait on double yellow lines at any time. The only exceptions, like for single yellow lines, is if you:

  • are a blue badge holder
  • display your badge correctly
  • do not obstruct traffic

Double yellow lines on road next to car

What are the fines for parking on a single or double yellow line?

If you do not follow the restrictions stated on the road sign in the area with the single or double yellow lines, you could end up with a £70 fine from the local authority. 

This could be more but dependent on the individual local authority, however, if you pay the fine within 14 days it is usually reduced by around 50%.

What do single red lines mean?

Single and double red lines are commonly found in places such as central London, West Midlands and Leeds. Roads with these road markings are known as ‘red routes'. 

Single red line on road - red route

Red routes are put in place to help improve traffic congestion in major cities and ensure that crucial deliveries and journeys can be made safely.

Parking on red lines is a ‘no go’ and you also cannot stop/wait in these areas to pick up passengers or unload your vehicle. You may find in some areas there are time plates displayed that are similar to yellow line parking restrictions so you can wait or stop outside of these times.

red route no stopping road sign

If you get a fine for parking in a 'red route' you can expect this to be in the region of £100-£130 but offered a discount if you pay within a certain time from the date the ticket was issued.

What do double red lines on the road mean?

Double red lines marked on the roadside indicate that no stopping, waiting or parking is permitted by any vehicle at any time. The only time that there is an exception to the no-stopping rule is if you are forced to stop due to traffic conditions, such as a queue for a pedestrian crossing or red light.

Double red lines on carriageway

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