Parking Ticket Law and Yellow Lines and Signs

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Published: 02nd November 2010
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In the UK parking enforcement is generally by lines and signs shown in streets.

Why do I emphasize lines and signs? It's because you cannot have signs which enforce a parking restriction without lines indicating which part of the street the parking limitations affect. This may perhaps appear simplistic but if you think about let us say a no waiting sign the sign will specify the times or days or sometimes month of the year - however how do motorists discern to what span of the road the prohibition applies?

A single yellow line indicates that there is a parking restriction but that is not designed for 24/7. As a result so as to understand what the actual limitation is there have to be signs indicating the times and days that the prohibition applies. These signs, commonly referred to as repeater signs, should be sited every 60 metres along the lenght of the pavement (sidewalk in the USA) for the extent of the single yellow line restriction to which it applies. As you can appreciate there are locations where a single uninterupted yellow line would stretch for a substantial distance so there is a lawful dispensation under which those signs are not obligatory. This concession permits a local authority not to have repeater signs if there are signs, called Controlled Parking Zone signs, at the access to each street entering the zone in which single yellow lines are painted. Such Controlled Parking Zone signs must specifically state the restriction that applies to all single yellow lines in the zone.

Similarly the prohibitions on loading have to be accompanied by a sign and in this case kerb markings. These kerb markings are occasionally known as chevrons otherwise "blips". A single yellow kerb mark indicates that there is a loading prohibition but it does not in alone designate the days and times of that limitation only that it will not apply 24/7. Therefore it must be accompanied by a sign giving the information relating to the restriction.

Double kerb marks kerb marks specify that there is no loading 24/7 and despite the fact that this is a total prohibition a sign indicating that prohibition is mandatory to be positioned next to the kerb marking.

A double yellow line in a street indicates that there is a total 24/7 prohibition on parking (technically it's waiting rather than parking but everybody understands and uses the word parking). In this instance there is no requirement to have a sign showing that there is a 24/7 restriction.

So to sum up for all with the exception of double yellow lines there must be signs so the law is in these situations is: sign but no lines your parking ticket is not enforceable - lines but no signs your parking ticket is ticket cannot be enforced.

Along with yellow lines parking bays have prohibitions - they are either solely intended for residents to park or for the public at large or even sometimes a multi-purpose bay which can be used by both residents and any motorist Equally there are parking bays which are limited to particular drivers - e.g. for disabled motorists or are limited for particular purposes - for example loading only. The universal feature of all these bays is that they must have a sign to indicate the sort of restriction e.g. is it for residents, disabled motorists or loading only. In addition such signs are required to indicate the times and days that their use is limited. Once again the law is if there are lines defining the parking bay then there has to be a sign showing the nature of the prohibitions. Therefore if there is no sign any parking ticket drivers collect cannot be enforced and you must appeal.

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