Parking on yellow lines in the UK

Yellow lines are a sure fire way to confuse most motorists in the UK. And if you ask somebody about them on a Bank Holiday Monday, they’re even more likely to lose their heads.

It’s a confusing aspect of parking in the UK and one that most drivers could do with a refresher course on, which is exactly why we have.

Here is everything you need to know about yellow lines and parking on them.

Yellow Lines and UK Law: What you need to know

– Parking is illegal on double yellow lines unless you are a disabled Blue Badge holder

– You can stop to load and unload on some double yellow lines

– There are no ‘standard’ restrictions for parking on single yellow or red lines across the UK

– Different councils have different rules around weekend and bank holiday parking on single yellow lines

All of that means it’s pretty complicated to know when and where you can park, even when times are displayed on road signs near where you’re parking.

We’ve delved a little deeper into double yellow lines, single yellow lines, red lines and residents’ parking.

Parking on double yellow lines and the law

You cannot park on double yellow lines at any time unless:

– You have a disabled Blue Badge, are not causing an obstruction and are there for no longer than three hours
– There are signs that state you can park at certain times
– There are signs that state you can load or unload goods

Parking on single yellow lines and the law

You cannot park on single yellow lines unless:

– You have a disabled Blue Badge, are not causing an obstruction and are there for no longer than three hours
– Parking is allowed during controlled times. These times will be displayed on road signs on the street you’re attempting to park on.
– You are loading and unloading goods. It will be signposted if you are allowed to load and unload.

If there are no signs when you are attempting to park, you’ve probably driven past them already – they’re not always near where you need to park.

To ensure you don’t park illegally you should find the nearest sign with parking restrictions stated and adhere to the restrictions displayed.

Can I park on single and double yellow lines on a bank holiday?

You cannot park on double yellow lines on a bank holiday.

For single yellow lines, restrictions do not normally apply on a bank holiday. The only exception is if the usual restrictions are in place on a Sunday.

Parking on red lines and the law

Red lines are found on roads in some of the UK’s major cities including London, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

Red lines are used instead of yellow lines but the parking rules that surround them are stricter.

You cannot park on double red lines unless:

– You have a disabled Blue Badge and you are dropping off or picking up a disabled passenger. Your stay must be brief.

You cannot park on single red lines unless:

– You have a disabled Blue Badge and you are dropping off or picking up a disabled passenger. Your stay must be brief.
– Restrictions have been lifted during designated times, as stated on nearby road signs.

If you wish to load or unload, or are a disabled blue badge holder, you can stop in designated ‘red route bays’.

These are marked by a red broken line in single or double red line areas. You can park here if:

– You are a disabled blue badge holder and are there for no more than three hours
– You are loading or unloading goods

It’s important to check the parking restrictions that are signposted nearby. Some have different allowances for how long you can stop for loading and unloading and for disabled blue badge holders.

Can I park on single or double red lines on a bank holiday?

When it comes to double red lines, there are no exceptions on bank holidays, the same rules apply.

It’s different for single red lines. You can park on single red lines on a bank holiday unless the usual parking rules prevent you from parking on a Sunday.

Residents’ parking – when can you park in a residential area?

Lots of areas in the UK, particularly in densely populated areas in big cities and towns, have residential parking areas where only permit holders are allowed to park.

Residential parking areas are well signposted and it is illegal to park in these zones during the hours shown on road signs.

You can park in a residential parking space if:

– You have the correct permit, which is clearly visible
– You are parking outside of the restricted times which are signposted

Can I park in a resident permit holder zone on a bank holiday?

Generally you cannot park in a resident permit holder zone on a bank holiday but it all depends on the local authority.

Check with your local authority to be sure

As mentioned right at the beginning of this guide, one of the biggest problems when it comes to parking on the road in the UK is that there is a lack of standardised rules and restrictions across the country.

There are rules that in the main are common throughout the UK however there are lots of idiosyncrasies.

As such, if you’re unsure about whether or not you’re able to park it’s best to check with your local authority.

And if that seems like too much hassle, it might be worth finding another place to park.