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Understanding Parking Rules

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 23 Nov 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
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Parking rules can vary greatly from place to place. This is because the council for that area determines what is and isn't a parking violation and this can lead to different rules for different areas.

For this reason, you should never assume that because you can park in a particular situation in one town, that you can do so in another.

Always make sure that what you are doing is allowed by law - you can usually do this by looking at lamp or parking posts in the area that have supplementary plates attached to them, outlining parking restrictions.

One thing that is consistent wherever you are in the country is that when parking, you should never stop anywhere where your vehicle will cause an obstruction or a danger to other road users or pedestrians. That means no double parking, parking on bends or pedestrian areas or zig-zag lines.

Want to Avoid a Parking Ticket?

  • Don't assume that there is free parking on Bank Holidays or Sundays.
  • Don't park in permit holders only pays during restricted times.
  • Don't assume that it's safe to park somewhere just because someone else has.
  • If you're not sure, don't park somewhere just because someone else says it's ok.
  • Don't wander off to look for the meter or a ticket machine. If you're ticketed or clamped while you're looking for somewhere to pay, you'll have to pay up.
  • Don't think that because you've bought the ticket, it means you're safe. Make sure the ticket can be seen by the parking inspectors.
  • Don't park at suspended parking meters (usually identifiable by a bag tied over the top of them)
Always follow the golden rule: if in doubt - ask a traffic warden or parking attendant. If you can't find one, assume the answer is 'No'.

Cycle Lanes

Do not park in cycle lanes unless you are sure that parking is allowed. Make sure that you are not obstructing access to or from a cycle lane. Allow space for rejoining the main carriageway especially where there are islands at the end of a lane.

Bus Stops and Bus Lanes

Never park in a bus stop or bus lane during the signed times. In bus lanes, especially in London and big cities, you may be caught by camera and be sent a parking ticket in the post.

Permit Holders

During the restricted times you cannot park in a permit holder's bay without a permit. You must find a parking meter and park in the appropriate bay if you wish to leave your vehicle in the area.

Paying to Park

When you have found a place to park, you must find out whether or not it is pre pay or pay on exit. If you don't find out, then you are liable for any charges that you incur.

Disabled Parking Spaces

You should not park in a space reserved for a disabled person, unless you have the relevant badge and display it so it is visible through the windscreen to parking inspectors and traffic wardens.There are usually allowances made for those holding disabled status on a yellow line restriction as long as their badge and time clock are displayed correctly and the vehicle is not causing an obstruction.This is a decision made by the council though, so you should not assume that it is automatically allowed - find out for certain first by visiting the council website or give them a ring.

Schools

There are always problems parking around schools. By parking illegally, you compromise road safety for all pedestrians and motorists and risk getting a ticket, so park a bit further away if you have to, and walk to the school to pick up your child.

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I have been issued with a PCN for parking in a lay by that had a double yellow line between the road and the lay by with no signs to indicate no parking in the bay, my vehicle was parked wholly within the bay, not on the yellow lines or kerb and not overhanging either. I thought the yellow lines had to follow the shape of the bay to indicate no parking in it as in the case of a bus stop. Please advice to whether this is a fair PCN and I should pay or appeal?
rugbystationlayby - 23-Nov-16 @ 9:57 AM
What rights have l got with a long base van what parks right out sidemy front window so all l see is a big van and we live in end of close.
Timmo - 24-Mar-16 @ 7:49 PM
toffta - Your Question:
I am disabled I have a driveway and a garage to access them we go up a back area of my home we live at the end of it some niebours not all park out back in this area instead of using there garages.if two cars park oposit each other (double park) my accessis fully blocked even if they park diagonal of each other but over lap there veicals they block my access. iv have spoke to them all btu one neibour will agree not to double park especaily over night I have also gone through mediation with an old nebour who has swaped there house with other relative so now have to go through mediation again (mediation has bene arrange through the local housing company houses )although my house is a private x council house I have tried to ask them to put signs up affcail ones thinking it might help with the problem as it is also others that block my access that dont live there the ladn I cross to access my property belongs to the housing company they refuse to put signs up due to the costs involved in putting it up and maintaining it , it makes it complicated they own the land for police andthem to act legaly to stop this double parking I'm findingti so difficutl and can nto eb going knocking on doors to have cars moved also to walk much steps hills ect I just don't want ot be blocked in by double parking is there any law under disability that says this company has to make sur ei have access at all tiems or obliged to ptu the signs up under some sort of law please can any oen tell me because I'm at th eend of my teather and so is my daughter who lives with me thank you for reading this

Our Response:
If the landlord if refusing to erect signs, why not call your local councillor or MP. A disabled charity like SCOPE may be able to help you lobby the landlord or give you advice on any additional rights regarding disabled access. What do your deeds say? There should be a mention of the access rights if there are any - you may be able to take legal action.
SaferMotoring - 8-Dec-15 @ 11:09 AM
I am disabled I have a driveway and a garage to access them we go up a back area of my home we live at the end of it some niebours not all park out back in this area instead of using there garages .if two cars park oposit each other (double park) my accessis fully blocked even if they park diagonal of each other but over lap there veicals they block my access. iv have spoke to them all btu one neibour will agree not to double park especaily over night I have also gone through mediation with an old nebour who has swaped there house with other relative so now have to go through mediation again (mediation has bene arrange through the local housing company houses )although my house is a private x council house I have tried to ask them to put signs up affcail ones thinking it might help with the problem as it is also others that block my access that dont live there the ladn I cross to access my property belongs to the housing company they refuse to put signs up due to the costs involved in putting it up and maintaining it , it makes it complicated they own the land for police andthem to act legaly to stop this double parking I'm findingti so difficutl and can nto eb going knocking on doors to have cars moved also to walk much steps hills ect I just don't want ot be blocked in by double parking is there any law under disability that says this company has to make sur ei have access at all tiems or obliged to ptu the signs up under some sort of law please can any oen tell me because I'm at th eend of my teather and so is my daughter who lives with me thank you for reading this
toffta - 7-Dec-15 @ 1:12 PM
@dianne...it might slow traffic down but it certainly doesn't make it safer, for drivers or pedestrians. What do our other readers think?
SaferMotoring - 5-Feb-15 @ 1:54 PM
I have just read a notice from the local CPO saying that parking cars near schools acts as a traffic calming measure. I think this is bizzare what is the evidence that this is the case.
dianne - 2-Feb-15 @ 1:11 PM
@Caz. It's unlikely you can get any restrictions put in place to prevent anyone parking on the opposite side of the road, but you could try approaching your local parking enforcement authority (usually you local council) for some advice.
SaferMotoring - 8-Sep-14 @ 2:27 PM
I live in a detached corner property in a residential area.The public road is quite narrow.I have an adjoining drive with my neighbour. The people living opposite sometimes park one or sometimes two vehicles on the public pavement, but directly opposite my driveway. I'm ok to exit and enter when no one is parking adjacent to me on my neighbours drive as I can get an angle off my drive, avoiding the vehicles opposite, but if there is adjacent parking to me at the time I want to exit my property as well as the cars parked directly opposite I am really finding it very difficult to exit and enter my property. I have asked for parking consideration but has landed on deaf ears.What can I do in law. Caz
Caz - 5-Sep-14 @ 12:07 PM
Hi Lukey, it's unlikely you could challenge this as the area you parked in was clearly marked as pay and display and your permit is valid for the permit only area. If the lack of spaces was due to people without permits parking in the restricted (permit) area, you could try to get that resolved with additional parking patrols etc for the future. That would not help with your current parking fine issue however.
SaferMotoring - 13-Jun-14 @ 12:03 PM
Hi, I have a parking permit for my road but because I work in a nightclub its sometimes hard for me to get a space in the early hours of the morning, as there were no spaces in my road or the next (Both have the same parking permit zone) I had to park in a road opposite that was pay and display consequently I have received a ticket! Is this worth me challenging the penalty? Thanks! :)
Lukey - 12-Jun-14 @ 4:18 PM
we have both a disrespectful neighbor next door who wont bother to have a driveway of his own but persists on a number of occasions parks across our h barhe is also supposed to be a born again christian. besides this disrespectful neighbor we also have nasty parents who pick up and drop off their children to the local school are not only disrespectful but are very foul mouthed and believe they have a right to this part of the highway even though we also have a disabled box recently done by dud mbc but even that does`nt deter them.
emm - 4-May-14 @ 9:30 PM
We frequently, and by that I mean every day, have a problem with cars parked on both sides of the road within a few feet of 2 road junctions, this causes problems entering and leaving our road and the road before it. We see numerous near misses but it doesn't deter these serial Highway Code ignorer's from parking, in some cases they even have drives but choose to leave their vehicle on the road. Can we get the law to move them.?
Fed up Ellesmere Por - 18-Jan-14 @ 2:31 PM
Is there really any hard and fast ruling re parked cars at dropped kerbs leading on to private driveways.The neighbour who constantly parks her car at the dropped kerb entrance thinks not even though her own property has a double garage and double driveway.We moved here recently and she has prevented delivery vehicles reaching our house and they had to carry heavy furniture up quite a long driveway.My husband did try speaking politely to her but she told him she would not move the car!!
Perplexed - 12-Jun-13 @ 7:20 AM
Last year, A gentleman from the city knocked on my door and told me that someone had complained about my neighbor parking numerous vehicles (Cars, Trucks Trailers and assorted equipment in front of his house (on his property). But in order to enforce the law, I would have to remove my travel trailer from my front yard. I told him that was not a problem and that I would remove the trailer. I moved my trailer off my property with-in 2 or 3 days. My neighbor leaned a couple sections of pre-fabed fence against his trailers for a few months. Now the fence sections are gone and there are more Trailers and more vehicles then before. I am concerned that my property values are falling lower then normal not to mention how the neighborhood looks. What can I or the city do to correct this?.... Thank for listening to my rant...Rick DiGiovanni
Rick - 21-Sep-12 @ 12:16 AM
I would like to know the code number or law that states it is not legal to park on a highway bridge,state bridge,county bridge and city bridge please. (Park county Montana and or Livingston, Montana)
None - 29-Aug-12 @ 7:40 PM
Is it ok to reverse your car using someone's empty commercial parking space? Uptill today I thought so! Still confused as owner came out of his office swearing & abusing me infront of my 3yr old son sitting in the car. I was shocked! My only mistake being using his EMPTYprivate space to reverse my car! I really need to know as I am quite upset for being humiliated infront of my son & his nursery staff as the man was shouting at the top of his voice Thanks
Chaiya - 16-Jul-12 @ 10:39 PM
I live next to a vehicle entrance which is used for myself and other nieghbourscoming out of of the rear parking of their houses.My problem is people are parkingright at the edge of the entrance and is causing problems for us when we want to turn right onto a main road.We live close to a busy crossroads and are having difficulty seeing the right hand traffic.Can anyone tell me what are the parking rules regarding vehicle entrances.I have had a couple of near misses .
Joan Adams - 10-Jun-12 @ 9:11 PM
I rent a house which has a parking bay with it. i am finding that many drivers are using this to park in. although i cant drive i am disabled and my family use the bay every day several times a day to visit or pick me up. do i have a case to ask them to stop using it.sometimes i understand a situation but would like the common courtesy of being asked. i was told on taking the house it was mine. any thoughts please.
kitty - 25-May-12 @ 10:26 AM
I live on an estate with a car park outside my house but can never seem to get a space due to greedy neighbours with multiple vehicles. I would like to know if multiple recovery trucks are allowed to be kept in this car park? This is causinga major issue. Any help would be great.
m j - 4-Mar-12 @ 7:19 PM
Council put h bar but neighbours still park on it.
dicky mint - 23-Aug-11 @ 8:42 PM
I would like for anyone who is dealing with disrespectful neighbors who continue to block your driveway or park over your driveway line intentionally.To contact me so we can see if we can contact our city lawmakers and lobby to change the parking rules for homeowners private parking area.If the law does not protect your right to keep rude neighbors off your driveway, then what is the reason for having a driveway.Why should a benefit of owning a home be taken away because of a few rude people.If you returned the favor and was as rude to them as they are to you.It would probably result in some unpleasant encounter.Then you would end up in court and because of the conflict maybe they will then be told to avoid parking over your driveway line.But, why does obvious situations have to go that route.Most decent people don't want to be in a conflict with their neighbors, that's why they want them offof their driveway line.Those people are not only rude, but problematic and often fueled by jealousy.Why does the law not address that unpleasant aspect of having a private driveway.Together we can maybe bring light to this problem in a real way that can bring about some concrete law to prevent this.Please e-mail me, I know there are other people as fed up as I am.
dee - 4-Jun-11 @ 8:55 PM
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