Can you park on a single yellow line?

Can you park on a single yellow line?

This page was last updated on 1 September 2021

Can you park on a single yellow line In 2021?

So, can you park on the single yellow line in the UK?

Parking on single or double yellow lines is illegal and will result in a parking ticket. As well as this there are harsher punishments for blocking clearways which can include fines of up to £1,000 and civil enforcement if you are caught.

You should, however, note that each UK council sets out some of their own rules.

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There are some places where parking on single yellow lines is allowed for certain reasons. For example, loading bay have special times when they are open to allow deliveries to happen without disrupting traffic etc, so keep your eyes peeled for these! Also people who have disabilities are able to park closer to their destination than others so they do not have far to walk.

On some roads there are signs which say you can park on single yellow lines at certain times of the day, but make sure to check the parking timetables for this specific road before you go ahead and book your space.

Be aware that some councils use cameras to monitor these spaces so no sneaky plans of making a quick buck by charging people to park. 

Demand will always outweigh supply if it’s allowed, even if it’s just for 15 minutes.So you should always check the situation for the road you want to park on.

When can you park on single yellow lines UK?

A single line is a road marking which indicates that parking is restricted at certain times. In the UK, these restrictions are in place to make it easier for emergency services and other traffic to get along the roads. However, there are exemptions from this rule under some circumstances.

In places where there are parking restrictions on single yellow lines you may park if:

  • you have a Blue Badge in your car ; or
  • your vehicle displays a Disabled Parking Disc
  • you also have a valid medical exemption certificate .

You should display both of these in your car when parking on double yellow lines .

You are only allowed to park for as long as is indicated on the single yellow line . It is an offence to remain parked on this type of road after the time restrictions have ended.

If you want to park on a single yellow line it’s also advisable to check any yellow box junction signs nearby, because if you do cause an obstruction by parking in these places then double penalties will apply.

When can’t you park on single yellow lines UK?

It is generally illegal to park on single yellow lines at any time other than when there are specific exemptions and times. This may be: between the hours of 7am and 7pm Monday – Saturday (except public holidays) within school signed areas during school opening times if it is indicated on nearby parking signs.

Double yellow lines indicate that at all times parking is restricted. This means you should not park here even when exemptions are in place. You may be towed or issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

Other road markings which indicate no waiting at any time include the following:

  • double red lines
  • zigzag lines outside schools
  • entrance and exit marked by upright signs  
  • hatched markings indicating ‘no waiting’; and
  • white bay markings where standing is limited to 1 or 2 minutes.

What days can you park on a single yellow line?

There are no restrictions on which days you can park on the line, but be mindful of time restrictions.

A single yellow line is a road marking which indicates that parking is restricted at certain times. In the UK, these restrictions are in place to make it easier for emergency services and other traffic to get along the roads.

However, there are exemptions from this rule under some circumstances.

double yellow lines

A single yellow solid line is a road marking which indicates that parking is restricted at certain times. In the UK, these restrictions are in place to make it easier for emergency services and other traffic to get along the roads. However, there are exemptions from this rule under some circumstances.

In places where there are parking restrictions on single yellow lines you may park if you have a Blue Badge in your car, or your vehicle displays a Disabled Parking Disc and you also have a valid medical exemption certificate.

"It is generally illegal to park on single yellow lines at any time other than when there are specific exemptions and times."

You should display both of these in your car when you park on double yellow lines. .

You are only allowed to park for as long as is indicated on the single yellow line . It is an offence to remain parked on this type of line for longer than is indicated.

You can normally park on single yellow lines between 7am and 7pm Mondays to Saturdays if the line is accompanied by a sign which states that it is permitted to park at these times.

Parking at night (i.e. when the restrictions have ended) is not allowed unless otherwise stated. It’s also advisable to check any yellow box junction signs nearby, because if you do cause an obstruction by parking in these places then double penalties will apply .

double yellow lines

What times can you park on a single yellow line?

There are no restrictions on which days you can park on the line, but be mindful of time restrictions.

A single yellow line is a road marking which indicates that parking is restricted at certain times. In the UK, these restrictions are in place to make it easier for emergency services and other traffic to get along the roads. However, there are exemptions from this rule under some circumstances.

Can you park on a single white line?

A single white line is a road marking which shows that it is illegal to park in any way which would restrict access for other traffic.

You may not stop and you cannot park on the length of road between two such lines (or you may if there are parking bays). This restriction includes stopping at the kerb and waiting, but does not apply when queuing in traffic .

Can you unload on a double yellow line?

Yes, in some circumstances a driver or their passengers can park on double yellows when loading and unloading. 

Double yellow lines are used to show you when you can’t park in a certain areas of a town or city.

This means you don’t want to ever load or unload any of your things in these areas, but what happens if they’re double? Is that not even worse? Can it be counted as just one single line then? Well the answer is no.

You still can’t park or unload in double lines, however there is more leeway for when they’re together. If the two double yellow lines cross each other this will count as one and a half single lines, meaning you may get away with crossing them for example (but only if there isn’t another rule prohibiting loading/unloading.)

If the two separate sets of double yellows are parallel to each other they remain counted as two single yellow lines even if they are joined.

What happens when there’s an obstruction?

Sometimes this can be hard to judge, especially when it’s wet and your car is covered in dirt, but you may want to check the red traffic line painting nearest you.

You might find that they explain what happens when the double yellows meet up with a solid (or dotted) white line; in most cases they will still count as one single line. But also remember not to park on the top of any dropped kerb – this would count as parking on the footpath/pavement which is another offence altogether!

So, overall , be careful when it comes to loading or unloading.

double yellow lines

The real reason behind double yellows

Double yellow lines are used more for the benefit of traffic flow, meaning they are mostly found on busier streets where parking might obstruct traffic by either preventing people from turning or by stopping them getting past when they need to.

This is why it’s not likely that you’ll ever get told off for crossing them unless there’s another rule stopping you doing so, however next time you do please remember that it’s best to avoid them if possible!

What does the law say?

Double yellow lines mean no waiting at any time – there’s no such thing as priority for residents who park here even if they have a permit to do so.

If you park on double yellow lines then you could be issued with a parking ticket or given a fine by the police if there is an urgent reason why you need to stop, but this should only be for as long as necessary.

What is the difference between single and double yellow lines?

In terms of parking restrictions, a single yellow line is the equivalent to a double red line – it means that you can’t park there at any time. Double yellow lines means that the restrictions continue into the night and on Sundays.

Both types of marking indicate that stopping here will restrict other traffic from accessing this section of the street, but again there are exceptions under some circumstances. 

For example, Blue Badge holders as well as those exempt by their vehicles as disabled person’s parking discs can stop or park on them for as long as they choose during permitted hours…however if you do cause an obstruction by parking in these places then double penalties will apply .

When can you park on a single white line?

A single white line generally indicates that stopping and parking is prohibited. However, there are some exceptions where this rule does not apply. For example, when you need to wait in traffic flow when turning into or out of side roads or

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Frequently Asked Questions

When can’t you park on single yellow lines UK?

It is generally illegal to park on single yellow lines at any time other than when there are specific exemptions and times. This may be: between the hours of 7am and 7pm Monday – Saturday (except public holidays) within school signed areas during school opening times if it is indicated on nearby parking signs.

What days can you park on a single yellow line?

There are no restrictions on which days you can park on the line, but be mindful of time restrictions.

What does a single yellow solid line mean?

A single yellow solid line is a road marking which indicates that parking is restricted at certain times. In the UK, these restrictions are in place to make it easier for emergency services and other traffic to get along the roads. However, there are exemptions from this rule under some circumstances.

Can you park on a single white line?

A single white line is a road marking which shows that it is illegal to park in any way which would restrict access for other traffic.

 

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