Keeping track of every street law in the UK can be overwhelming, especially if you’re just learning to drive. All of the zig-zags, white lines, yellow lines, and red lines leads to a lot of confusion.
In this article, we’ll focus on a topic that seems to cause a lot of uncertainty: single yellow lines. What exactly is their purpose? Can you park on a single yellow line?
Here’s what you should know:
Before diving into the parking restrictions, let’s take a look at what a single yellow line actually means. A single yellow line indicates parking or waiting is prohibited at certain times. The main reasons for these parking restrictions are to decrease congestion on certain streets and keep traffic flowing smoothly during peak hours. In contrast, double yellow lines mean parking is prohibited at all times.
Yes, depending on the time and day. To determine when parking is prohibited on single yellow lines, there will be a yellow sign plate displaying a blue circle with a line through it, along with certain time frames in which you cannot park. An example sign plate might say, “Mon-Sat, 8 am – 6 pm.” So for that particular yellow line, you cannot park there any time between 8 am and 6 pm Monday through Saturday. If the sign includes prohibited hours but not days, it means those times are enforced 24 hours a day, every day of the week.
Unless the sign plate indicates otherwise, you should adhere to the parking restrictions on public holidays as well. It’s also important to note that there are no set rules when it comes to single yellow line restrictions, which means the days and times can vary depending on the location. (So make sure you’re always checking the signs before you park!)
It’s also important to keep an eye out for Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs). They will display parking restrictions on a sign before entering that apply to the entire zone.
In short, yes. You can load and unload your vehicle on single yellow lines during permitted hours as long as it is completed within 20-40 minutes. You can also stop to let out or pick up passengers on a single yellow line if completed quickly.
If there are loading restrictions, you will see yellow lines on the actual kerb:
Yes, and there’s a lot more leniency when it comes to disabled drivers. Blue badge holders can park on a single yellow line for up to three hours. That said, there are a few rules surrounding this:
You sure can. This is why it is imperative to check the signs before parking on a single yellow line.
If you are parked there during restricted hours, you may receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), which you will have 28 days to either pay or challenge.
Here are some additional tips for avoiding parking tickets.
You know you can park on a single yellow line, but do you understand the remaining rules of the road?
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