Yellow lines are provided where there is a need to restrict parking to help alleviate traffic flow and to prevent obstructions on the highway.

Road Lines

The Highway Code gives examples of the lines in normal use.

The Highways Authority must authorise all lines on the highway. The Department for Transport may allow special lines if they are experimental and under trial.

Yellow Lines

Yellow lines:

  • show where there is a need to restrict parking
  • help to ease traffic flow
  • help to prevent obstructions on the highway.

There are two types used:

  • double lines - marks a road where there is no waiting at any time.
  • single lines - show a timed period that restrictions apply. Signs will show the actual times.

Yellow “blip” markings on the kerb show loading restriction. Signs will also be visible where applicable.

Yellow line examples
No loading

 

No waiting

White lines

White lines give different types of information on lane use and directions.

Markings that travel in the same direction as the traffic inform drivers of approaching situations, for example:

  • solid white line - do not cross
  • lane line - turn right.

Lines that go across the road also give instruction, for example, stop or give way.

White line examples
Longitude markings

Markings travelling in the same direction as the traffic

Transverse markings

Markings travelling across the traffic

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