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Types of Restrictions

We enforce all parking restrictions which are defined within the Highway Code. As we get many questions regarding what certain road markings mean and if you can and can't park somewhere, we have listed the most common restrictions to help educate motorists that may not be aware of them.

Double yellow lines exampleThese mean 'no waiting at any time' and only allow parking in specific instances. You can load or unload on them providing this is continuous and a CEO observes this taking place. Blue badge holders can also park on them for up to 3 hours when they display their badge and clock.

This means 'no waiting' during the times that the nearby timeplates will indicate. During the restricted times you can load or unload on them providing this is continuous and a CEO observes this taking place. Blue badge holders can also park on them for up to 3 hours when they display their badge and clock.

Outside of those times, parking is unrestricted for all vehicles.

A loading ban will apply where there is a single or double yellow line 'no waiting' restriction which has adjacent yellow kerb markings.

Single kerb markings indicate that a loading ban applies during certain times indicated by a nearby timeplate. Double kerb markings indicate that a loading ban applies at all times.

Parking when a loading ban applies is not permitted for any vehicle.

These are zones that indicate that a restriction applies in locations where road markings and/or continuous signage is not desirable. These are usually to indicate 'no waiting' restrictions however signage must always be considered fully by the motorist to identify the restriction at that particular location.

A clearway means that no stopping is permitted at any time. This is the strongest level of parking restriction as there are no exemptions that permit parking here. There are no road markings that indicate a clearway but there are large signs when you enter a clearway and smaller repeater signs throughout that restricted zone.

These zig-zag restrictions are used around the entrances to schools. These prevent the picking up or setting down of children during restricted times which tend to coincide with the school's start and finish.


These are bays that permit parking for a limited period of time. For example a sign may state 'Maximum stay of 2 hours, no return within 3 hours'. This means that you can park for up to 2 hours but may not return to that location (including to other bays with that restriction) within 3 hours.

Blue badge holders may park all day when displaying their badge clearly.

These bays allow parking for blue badge holders only during the restricted times. These may be time restricted or allow parking for badge holders all day depending on the signage at the location.

These bays are to enable goods vehicles to load or unload to local businesses. No other vehicles are permitted to park in these bays during the restricted times which will be made clear on the timeplates at the location.

This must be carried out continuously and our CEO's must observe it taking place during their observation period. Vehicles must be moved once loading has finished.

These bays are to enable any vehicle to carry out loading or unloading. This must be carried out continuously and our CEO's must observe it taking place during their observation period. Vehicles must be moved once loading has finished.

Resident permit bays are for use of residents that have a residential parking permit. Other permits are available for visitors, carers and traders. These can be obtained from us and further details can be found on our permits page.

Some residential permit schemes are zones rather than individual bays. These are known as Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) and only have signage on entry to the zone and smaller repeater signs within the restricted area, rather than bay markings.

Business permit bays are for use of permit holders that have a business parking permit only. These can be obtained from us and further details can be found on our permits page.

These bays are reserved for licensed Hackney Carriages or private hire vehicles only. The times this will apply are detailed on the timeplates at the location.

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