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Road markings are crucial for telling drivers where they can park. But not every driver knows The Highway Code inside-out, and many don’t know the exact rules regarding yellow lines, red lines, and blue badges. If you’re not 100% confident about road markings and what they mean, this guide will clear up any confusion.

Single-yellow lines

Yellow lines restrict parking on the pavement, verge, and road.

Single-yellows prohibit parking between particular times and on particular days, which are indicated on yellow UK road signs. However, stopping to allow passengers to board is always allowed.

Stopping to load or unload is different. As a default, it is allowed. However, a single yellow dash on or by the kerb indicates that loading and unloading are restricted to certain times, which are indicated on black-and-white signs.

Double-yellow lines

Double-yellows prohibit parking at any time. They also prohibit waiting to load or unload goods, and to allow passengers to board. The common assumption that double-yellow lines don’t apply on Sundays or Bank Holidays is a myth. The only exception comes if a yellow sign indicates that the double-yellows only apply between particular dates.

Red lines

Like yellow lines, single-red lines prohibit parking during particular times, and double-red lines prohibit parking at all times. However, unlike with yellow lines, there are no exceptions for stopping to load or unload goods or to allow passengers to board.

Blue badges

Blue badge holders can park on double- and single-yellow lines for up to three hours at any time – but they cannot park on red lines of any kind, except outside of restricted times.

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