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Who is responsible for yellow lines?

Fines for parking on yellow lines are issued by, and are the responsibility of local authorities. The police will only issue tickets if a vehicle is obstructing the highway or posing a danger to others. If the parked vehicle is causing a highway obstruction it may become a police matter. 

What do yellow lines mean?

Double yellow lines mean no waiting at any time, unless there are signs that specifically indicate seasonal or time restrictions.   The times when the restrictions apply for single yellow lines are shown on nearby plates or on entry signs to controlled parking zones.   If no days are shown on the signs, the restrictions are in force every day including Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Can I ever stop on double yellow lines?

You can only stop to load or unload (unless there are no loading restrictions) or while passengers get in or out.

What do the yellow lines cover?

Waiting restrictions indicated by yellow lines apply to the road, the pavement and the verge.

What will happen if I park on yellow lines?

You could face a fine (Penalty Charge Notice) if you park illegally or you could even have your car towed away. This will be enforced by the local council.

Can blue badge holders park on yellow lines?

When parking using a blue badge, it is important that you park carefully and thoughtfully, giving thought to other road users.

When parking on single or double yellow lines, do not park your vehicle where it will cause an obstruction or hold up traffic.

What if my car is overhanging a yellow line but not on it?

If any part of your vehicle overhangs the yellow lines you could be issued with a ticket. 

Can police cars park on yellow lines?

The Highway Code states that traffic laws apply to everyone, even police cars.  The police are only allowed to stop on double yellows if they are dealing with a motorist or attending an emergency. 

How do I ask for yellow lines added to a road or street?

If you want to request yellow lines to be added to a road or street you will need to contact your local authority. If inconsiderate or obstructive parking is affecting you then please contact officers on 101.

Useful Links
  • If you want to learn more about waiting and parking on yellow lines, please click here to read The Highway Code.
  • You can find your local council by clicking here. Put your postcode into the search box to get to the home page of your local council.