Zig zag lines signs
Unlike white zig zag lines, yellow zig zag lines found outside of schools, hospitals and police and ambulance stations must have a time plate sign accompanying the lines to be legally enforceable.
White zig zag lines are placed either side of the pedestrian crossing areas at all UK pedestrian crossings. Prohibition of parking in the white zig zag area increases the safety of pedestrians crossing the road as they will have a clear view or the road in both directions. An unobstructed view of the crossing for motorists is especially important at zebra crossings and light controlled crossings where the lights have changed to green for the motorists but a pedestrian may still be crossing - this can be particularly relevant to the elderly who may take longer to cross or children crossing at an inappropriate time.
Parking on zig zag lines
Yellow zig zag lines that have a sign in place are enforced by the local council who have powers to issue motorists with a Penalty charge Notice (PCN) fine which is enforced as a civil matter and not criminal.
As parking on white zig zag lines puts pedestrians at risk, police will almost always issue a FPN without exceptions. Unlike yellow zig zag lines, there are no exceptions to stopping on white zig zag lines (other than to wait for pedestrians) or parking. The Fixed Penalty Notice issued by the police is £60 with 3 penalty points.
For further information on the types of zig zag lines found outside of schools and other government facilities, see yellow zig zag lines.
Disputing a Penalty charge Notice or Fixed Penalty Notice
Road markings must be clear and in most cases follow a criteria for size, spacing and dimensions. A PCN or FPN can be withdrawn if the road markings do not comply with certain conditions.
Illegal yellow zig zag parking is enforced by local councils by which a local authority order is in place by use of road markings a time plate sign making it illegal to park during the times show on the sign. If there is no sign present, it is not enforceable and as these a dealt with local council, action is civil and not criminal, therefore the penalty is not endorsable.
Parking on zig zag lines, especially white zig zag lines if difficult to dispute a given penalty. Few exceptions are given. Disputing a penalty can result in tickets being cancelled if stopped because of an emergency such as helping a person who is injured for example.