Where not to park

The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere.

You must NOT park:
  1. During the time a ban on loading or unloading is in force (normally indicated by one or two yellow marks on the kerb at the times shown on post mounted plates).
    For example:
Indications of loading bans on the kerb
Double yellow lines on the kerb indicates loading prohibited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for at least 4 consecutive months.
A single yellow line on the kerb indicates loading prohibited for any lesser period. The arrow indicates the direction in which the prohibition starts.

However, in pedestrian areas, waiting and loading restrictions may be in force even where there are no yellow lines shown on the road or kerb. Details of any restrictions in force will be shown on plates displayed at the kerb side of the road.

  1. Where there are double white lines in the centre of the road even if one of the lines is broken
  2. In a bus or tram lane during its hours of operation
  3. In a cycle lane
  4. On any clearway, double or single red lines during their hours of operation
  5. On all pedestrian crossings - including Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
  6. On zig-zag markings before and after Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
  7. In parking places reserved for specific users e.g. permit holders only, loading bays, taxis, cycles
  8. On a residents parking bay, unless there are signs showing that you may do so, or you have checked with the local authoritys Highway Department that you may do so
  9. In suspended meter bays or when use of the meter is prohibited
  10. Where temporary restrictions on parking are in force along a length of road e.g. as indicated by no-waiting cones
  11. On school keep clear markings during the hours shown on a yellow no-stopping plate.

You must also NOT park where it would be obstructive or cause a danger to others.

The following are likely examples:

  • At school entrances, bus stops, on a bend, or near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
  • Where it would make it difficult for others to see clearly e.g. close to a junction
  • Where it would make the road narrow e.g. by a traffic island or where roadwork is in progress
  • Where it would hold up traffic e.g. in narrow stretches of road or blocking vehicle entrances
  • Where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out e.g. hospital entrances
  • Where the kerb has been lowered or the road raised to form a pedestrian crossing
  • On a pavement unless signs permit it.
REMEMBER - Wheelclamping and removal of vehicles
  • If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users your vehicle could be removed by the police. You could also be prosecuted and your badge withdrawn.
  • Vehicles cannot legally be wheelclamped on the public highway for parking offences provided a valid Blue Badge is correctly displayed on the vehicle. But you should be aware that if you park improperly on privately owned land you may risk having your vehicle wheelclamped.
  • The vehicle must be moved if a police officer or a traffic warden in uniform requests it.

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