New parking restrictions - road markings and signs
By law, we can only introduce new parking restrictions if there is no other solution to the problem and where one or more of the following apply:
- there is evidence it will improve road safety
- the police have raised concerns about safety
The law also says that most types of restrictions need a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).
Where evidence shows that a new restriction might be appropriate, options for new road markings and signs include:
- double yellow lines - where people are parking putting other road users in danger
- double yellow lines near junctions - where people are parking within 10m of a junction and putting other road users in danger
- yellow lines with time limit signs - where parking causes a problem only at certain times of day
- limited time bays - to keep short stretches of road clear for people using shops and facilities
- taxi bays - if there is a clear need, and where there is space
- bus stops - if parked cars are regularly stopping buses pulling in safely and where there is space
- disabled bays - if you are disabled and find it hard to park close to your home (for more information, call our Adult Social Care team on 0300 123 5010 ).
- loading bays - where parked cars regularly cause problems for businesses needing to load and unload.
To tell us about a location where you think there is a road safety problem that new parking restrictions might help with, use our online report it form. Choose road (carriageway) then parking.
To find out how we make decisions about new road safety projects, see road safety improvement projects.
Residents' parking schemes
A residents' parking scheme can seem like a good idea if you regularly find it hard to park outside your house. But it's important to think about why there's a problem. A residents' parking scheme won't help if the problem is simply that people living on the street have more cars than there is room for.
For more information, see residents' parking schemes.