Parking Restrictions and Laws
Now local councils manage parking and parking restrictions with their boroughs, long gone are the days where a motorists can pull up at the side of the road for a few minutes without being issued a parking ticket.
With the seemingly never ending parking regulations set out by the government and local councils, it can be a little unclear where you can and cannot park legally.
Explained are road markings that prohibit parking permanently, those that are part time, roads and markings that are legal or illegal to park on, plus the potential fines incurred when a driver receives a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), or Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) from the police.
Many thousands of UK motorists are fined each year for parking on single yellow lines. This guide explains the laws and restrictions for parking on single yellow lines, when it is permissible to park on lines, plus the potential parking fines incurred when being issued a Penalty charge Notice.
For many, parking on the pavement might seem like no big deal. Due to the impact on vulnerable pedestrians however, new government laws introduced making parking on the pavement an offence for many areas. Offered are parking tips to avoid fines.
Whether parking across a dropped kerb intentionally or unintentionally, the police and local authorities have the power to issue parking tickets. Explained are the rules for parking close to a dropped kerb to avoid tickets and what to do if vehicles persistently park over your driveway.
Although modern vehicles stronger and more reliable components compared to those of old, occasionally they still fail. Whether parking uphill or downhill, a few simple safety precautions can be taken to ensure minimal risk of an accident in the event your vehicles parking brakes fail.
Many drivers either park their vehicle too close or opposite a junction either because they’re not aware of certain regulations, or that there’s simply nowhere else to park. Though there isn’t an official offence for parking too close to a junction, it’s still possible to obtain a Fixed Penalty Notice if it’s seen that you’re obstructing others.
Double yellow lines by law operate a permanent no waiting restriction. Although parking (defined as exiting and leaving your vehicle) is prohibited, it entitles a driver to stop and set down or pick up passengers under certain conditions. Other exceptions such as loading are permissible.
Although many of us do not follow parking at night laws for cars, there are certain roads and vehicles parking during the night certain conditions should be met. Detailing the laws for parking vehicles at night on UK roads. See help also for Driving at night.
Certain road markings such as double yellow lines enforce a no waiting restriction whilst other enforce a no stopping restriction. This guide explains which road markings lines have restrictions in place and if it is a prohibition to park on them.
Though it is generally permissible to park on a single white line, there are circumstances where it may be prohibited due to causing an obstruction.
Whilst it may seem perfectly safe to park where double white lines are located in the middle of the road and where the line closest to you is broken, it is in fact a prohibition.
Is it illegal to wait in your car and leave the engine running? This often forgotten law takes many by surprise but may become common place due to the increase in traffic and vehicle emissions.