Parking A Car

It is always best, and safest, to park your car off the road or in a car park. If you have to park on the road, use your common sense and choose a safe place. Ask the questions:

Road Signs and Markings

Road signs and markings will help you decide when and where you can park your car.

You must not park on:

Using hazard warning lights while parking or stopping in a no parking or restricted zone will not elevate you above the law.

Controlled parking Zone

Entrance into a controlled parking zone

Parking Zone Ends

End of controlled parking zone

Parking for motorbikes

Parking place for solo motorcyclists

Permit Only Parking

Parking restricted to permit holders

No Stopping

No stopping

No Waiting

No waiting

No Parking

School Entrance. No parking or waiting

Double Yellow Line

A double yellow line indicates no waiting or parking at anytime.

Single Yellow Line

A single yellow indicates no waiting or parking during times shown. The times shown will be on a sign near-by.

Bus Stop

Bus stop. You must not park or stop at a bus stop.

Keep Clear

Keep clear - do not block this part of the road.

Loading Bay

Loading bay - keep clear.

Doctor Parking Space

Parking space reserved for vehicles named.

Restricted Parking

Waiting or parking is limited to the duration specified during the days and times shown.

When Parking On The Road

Parking On Hills

When you park facing uphill:

When you park facing downhill:

Parking A Car At Night

At night, you can park your car without lights on roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or less. Of course, you must comply with any local parking restrictions, and you must not park within 10 metres of a junction.

You must also park parallel to, and close to, the side of the road or in a designated place and facing in the direction of the traffic flow.

If you have to park on any other road, you should:

You must also never:

Remember - it is always better to park your car away from such a road.

You Must:

Whenever you park at night, never leave your headlights on. In fact, even if your pull over and stop for a short while, you should turn your headlights off. It is an offence to leave them on as they can cause dazzle to on-coming drivers.

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