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Road markings and parking signs are essential for keeping drivers and pedestrians safe. We’ve already covered the most misunderstood UK road signs, so let’s take a look at common parking signs and what they mean.

Parking bays

There are many rules surrounding parking bays, but you’ll usually find a blue sign with a white ‘P’ if parking is permitted. However, while parking bays are often free, some may have time limits, require a permit or be pay and display. Others may be for a particular type of vehicle only. If this is the case, the blue sign will be accompanied by a picture of the vehicle permitted to park there underneath e.g. motorbikes, caravans and goods vehicles.

Permit holders only

It is common for restrictions to apply during the main part of the day or on certain days of the week. If this is the case, a sign will display a ‘permit holders only’ or ‘resident permit holders only’ warning, but you can park there for free outside of the times shown. If there are no times or days shown on the signs, you will need to abide by the permit holder requirements at all times.

Local signs

In some areas, you will be able to park for free for a short period of time or pay to park for longer. You will be required to purchase a ticket from a nearby machine, and local signs will tell you when, where and if you need to pay.

Yellow lines

Although they are not signs, it’s important that you understand yellow road markings too. A double yellow line means you can’t wait at any time, while a single yellow line means no waiting during the time specified on zone entry signs or nearby time plates.

To find out more about UK road signs as well as car park line painting, contact us at Highways East Midlands today on 0845 6262 444.