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Yellow Lines

Yellow lines are provided where there is a need to restrict parking to help alleviate traffic flow and to prevent obstructions on the highway. There are only two types used:

  • double lines usually to mark lengths of road where there is no waiting at any time. However there are exceptions to this and supplementary plates fixed to lighting columns or posts will tell you what the actual restriction is.
  • single lines usually indicate a shorter period of restriction such as daytime. Again supplementary plates will show the actual times.

Loading restrictions are shown by yellow markings on the kerb and on the supplementary plates.

The Highway Code gives examples of these lines in normal use. All lines on the highway must be authorised by the Authority.  Special lines are allowed with prior approval of the Department for Transport, or if they are experimental and under trial. 

As car ownership increases, Councils are receiving an increasing number of requests for parking controls. 

The Council can only control parking by imposing parking restrictions, and needs to go through a lengthy legal and advertisement process before yellow lines could be laid.  The Council is only in a position to fund a small proportion of the traffic measures that residents ask it for and priority is given to those schemes which will be most beneficial for the general public, such as when the restrictions are being imposed to protect locations where there has been a history of accidents or to keep a major road clear.

In residential roads restrictions would merely move the parking to somewhere that is equally unsuitable. Experience has shown that restrictions are often opposed by other road users and residents in areas where they feel that residential parking is a more important consideration than traffic flow, and so the Council would only proceed with parking controls in exceptional circumstances.

The Council also has a general policy that waiting restrictions will not be introduced purely to protect private driveways.  The Council has no responsibility to keep driveways clear and it is not practicable to impose waiting restrictions to protect sightlines from driveways in an urban area (where residential roads have driveways at regular intervals).  In fact, restrictions to protect a private driveway, merely displace the parking closer to another driveway further along the road.

If you still feel that you would like to ask the Council to consider imposing yellow lines you must make such a request in writing (via letter or email) to the Head of Transportation Services.  Part of the legal procedure requires Councils to advertise their intention to impose parking restrictions and there are often objections from other road users.  The Council needs to keep a record of the original request so that this can be considered against the objections to the restrictions.

The legal processes take between 6 and 9 months to complete, and the number of requests mean that schemes normally need to wait until the following financial year for funding. 

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White Lines

White lines on the road are provided to help road users by giving different types of information on lane use and directions.

Road markings are as important as signs.

Longitudinal markings inform and warn road users of approaching situations that will require them to take some form of action (i.e. solid white line - do not cross, or lane line - turn right).

Transverse lines also give instruction (i.e. stop or give way).

The Highway Code also gives examples of these types of lines in normal use and their associated rules.

All lines on the highway must be authorised by the Authority. Special lines are allowed with prior approval of the Department for Transport , or if they are experimental and under trial.

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