Single and double yellow lines

The presence of yellow lines in a road indicates that a waiting restriction is in operation.  The restriction times differ depending on the location.  It is important to read the yellow plates in the immediate vicinity. However, in Controlled Parking Zones ,here are normally no individual sign plates and the restriction times are shown on large signs at the entrances and exits to the zone. 
Double yellow lines indicate that waiting is not permitted at any time, which means literally any hour of the day or night, 365 days of the year, even if there are no post-mounted signs.

Detailed information about road markings and signs is available in The Highway Code.

Requests for single or double yellow lines

Although we receive many requests to install yellow lines, it would be impractical to introduce them at the many locations throughout the borough where they are requested. 

The following will be considered before any yellow lines will be installed:

  • The number of driveways
  •  Is vehicle access a problem
  • Is the road wide enough to accommodate parking 
  • Would speed increase if parking was reduced
  • Would the displaced parking create a problem in nearby streets
  • Is there a parking problem is the wider area

Where a request is made for parking restrictions at any given road, consideration will only be given if the location meets any of the following criteria:  

  • At road junctions where parking is identified as a problem for pedestrians crossing or for intervisibility for drivers/riders, the Council will introduce 10m long double yellow lines to protect junctions in line with the Highway Code. This length can be varied depending on the nature of the road.  
  • At locations where the road is so narrow such that fire engines, ambulances and council service vehicles find it difficult to travel down the road because of parking on one or both sides of the road. The standard width of a fire engine is 2.55m, this width must be free for travel on all roads at all times, with a greater width sometimes required on bends. 
  • At locations where residents find it difficult to park on their roads and nearby roads because of commuter and visitor parking.  Limited time single yellow lines facilitate daytime parking by residents and their visitors. (Also see CPZs below). 
  • The council will NOT install yellow lines to protect private driveways (either nearside or opposite) except if the road is within a CPZ (Controlled Parking Zone). Parking enforcement can be requested to address this problem regardless of the presence of yellow lines. Residents are generally advised to apply for white bar marking (at cost) if they encounter frequent obstruction of their crossover.   

If you have an enquiry about road markings or signs, please complete our traffic enquiry form