Parking a Vehicle

Parking is at a premium in the United Kingdom; there are clear regulations on who may park where and when...

Before parking a vehicle, a motorist must ensure that they are doing so in specially designated areas. Traffic wardens are very active, and fines expensive. There are a number of places where cars can be legally parked.

  • Residential parking: This is on-street parking restricted to people who live on a particular street. Permits can be purchased through the local authority and must be clearly shown in the vehicle. Visitor permits may be issued to parking permit holders. Visitors might be able to park in these areas without permits at certain times of the day, for example after 18:00 on weekdays
  • There are thousands of car parks across the UK, where motorists can park their vehicles securely. In most car parks a ticket is given at the entrance and payment must be paid before exiting
  • Pay and Display parking areas are found in most towns. Here motorists pay for a ticket for a certain time duration and display the ticket on the dashboard

Parking lines (red and yellow)

Single and double yellow and red lines along the edge of the road are used to show where motorists may and may not park.

  • Single yellow lines: there are restrictions on parking at certain times. Motorists can pull over onto a single yellow line to let a passenger in or out of the vehicle, but the driver must not get out
  • Double yellow lines: Motorists can not park at any time
  • Single red lines: Motorists must not park or stop at certain times
  • Double red lines: Motorists must not park or stop at any time

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