I'm a car driver - how do I know where I can park or wait?

A guide to on-street parking

Can I park on double yellow lines? No.

  • Double yellow lines along the edge of the road mean you cannot park at any time.
  • You can stop briefly to let passengers out or pick up passengers, but you can't sit in the car and wait for them to return.
  • Please note, no sign is required for this restriction.
Double Yellow Lines

Can I park on single yellow lines? Only at certain times. 

  • Single yellow lines along the edge of the road mean you cannot park during the times shown on a street sign (see image).
  • You can stop briefly to let passengers out or pick up passengers, but you can't sit in the car and wait for them to return.
No Waiting Certain Times

    Can I stop on single or double yellow lines to take items into a shop or house? Only if there are no loading restrictions.

    • If there are no loading restrictions (shown by yellow lines on the kerb and on a street sign), you can stop and take items into a shop or house, but you must return to your car immediately and drive on.
    Double Yellow Lines Double Blimps

    Can I park in spaces marked for loading only, taxis, Blue Badge holders and motorcycles? No.

    Sign - Loading Only 30 mins

      Can I park in limited waiting parking bays? Only for a specific period of time or at set times.

      • Limited waiting parking bays are marked with white paint and street signs [see image].
      • The sign states when there are restrictions on drivers parking in the bays. At all other times, vehicles can park without restriction.
      Sign- Parking for 2 hours Only

      For more information about road markings, please visit the Highway Code page on the UK Government website.

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