Yellow lines can prevent all types of parking - both on the road or on verges and pavements but they can be expensive as there is a lengthy legal process before installation. To prevent cars parking on pavements and verges, physical deterrents can also be used. They cause an obstruction so cars can not pull onto pavements or verges.
Parking restrictions are used to prevent vehicles parking by the side of the road. Double yellow lines are the most common parking restriction used - they do not allow vehicles to wait at the side of the road at any time. However, loading or unloading from the vehicle is permitted, and setting down or picking passengers is also permitted.
Single yellow lines and ‘School Keep Clear’ markings have different rules. There will be an upright sign with information about when vehicles are not allowed to park - this could exclude certain times of the day or weekdays for example.
Double yellow lines are normally very effective at preventing vehicles parking where they are painted. In residential areas with many children, there is a large safety benefit in reducing the amount of cars parked on the street. Child pedestrians are less visible to car drivers because a line of parked cars hides the child from car drivers. However, parked cars narrow the road and reduces speeds as they act as temporary traffic calming.
Parking restrictions around junctions may be particularly useful, as this allows both the child and car drivers to see oncoming vehicles.
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Access protection markings
White lines could be used to highlight the existence of a private access. White lines or "H-bars" do not require a legal process, so they are significantly cheaper and quicker to install.
To find out more about how to apply for an access protection marking see our dropped kerb and access protection markings webpage.
- Difficult to paint on cobbled streets / poor road surfaces
- Cambridgeshire won't install yellow lines on private land unless the land owner requests it, and the Council is reimbursed
- Compliance can be low if enforcement is unlikely
This scheme requires a Traffic Regulation Order
|Equipment||£500 - £7,500|
|Works||£500 - £2,500|
|Traffic Regulation Order||£1,000|
|Total||£2,000 - £11,000|
|Scheme costs vary based on the extent of the restrictions required|