Road markings, such as yellow and white lines, help traffic to flow more smoothly, improve safety, keep access clear and ensure efficient use of road space.
- Yellow lines control where vehicles cannot stop, park, load or unload
- White lines control where vehicles can park, load or unload
- Double lines usually mark lengths of road where there is no waiting at any time
- Single lines usually indicate a shorter period of restriction
Yellow zig zags accompanied with yellow time plates (small signs) are legally enforceable. If there are no time plates present then the lines are advisory only
Yellow box junctions (criss-cross yellow lines) need to be kept clear for through-traffic to avoid traffic jams - do not enter the yellow box until your exit road is clear.
Signs explaining their meaning are always provided, except where there are double yellow lines to indicate that you cannot wait at any time.
Our aim is to use yellow lines only when they are really needed and where they will work.
Requests for yellow or white lines
New yellow or white lines or changes to existing ones will only be considered where at least one of the following is met:
- A road safety problem has been identified and a reduction in accidents would follow
- Obstruction of the road or of visibility at junctions occurs on a regular, and severe basis, particularly where buses and emergency services are affected
- Businesses are seriously inconvenienced by parked vehicles
- They are an essential part of a new traffic or road scheme.
Parking and waiting restrictions provided by lines on the road can help to solve some problems but are not always the answer as they can just move the problem elsewhere. The different needs of all road users need to be balanced.
Restrictions may not be appropriate where they cannot be enforced on a regular basis as this can lead to drivers ignoring them.
Each restriction must be defined by a Legal Order which can take over a year to make or amend.
Reporting a problem with parking
If you have noticed a problem with parking and think parking or waiting restrictions may help:
Ensure at least one of the above guidelines have been met
Tel: 0300 500 80 80 and tell us where and when the problem occurs
We will then assess the extent of the problem.
Illegal parking, waiting and loading
If you park, wait or load where there are restrictions in force, you may be issued with a penalty charge notice (PCN) by Civil Enforcement Officers. In some areas vehicles may be towed away.
It is legal to park a caravan on the road, provided it does not cause an obstruction to traffic. It must be illuminated at night. To report a caravan causing an obstruction please contact your local police station.
- For further information about parking, waiting and loading restrictions tel: 0300 500 80 80
- If you have particular mobility difficulties and would like to apply for a permit to allow you to park in pedestrian areas in Nottinghamshire see Special Access Permits
- Read about residents only parking schemes.