Singe vs. Double Yellow Lines: What are the Rules?

Singe vs. Double Yellow Lines: What are the Rules?

So long you live in a city and move around the city by road, you must have come across various signs and markings on the road. If you have never go through driving lessons, these signs and markings might not mean much. On the other hand, if you have had driving lessons, you definitely have an idea what the many signs and markings on the road stand for.

When driving, you might not know exactly what every sign on the road means as there are many of them. Although there are lots of markings on the road, some should be given special attention. One of the many markings on the road you have to give good attention are yellow lines.

What Do Yellow Lines on the Road Mean?

Yellow lines on the road sometimes come in double form. Other times, they come in single form. These lines basically indicate that drivers are not allowed to wait on any part of the road when they are drawn.

Waiting on the road involves dropping someone, picking up someone, parking your car and stepping out, parking your car and offloading things, parking your car and remaining seated in it, and parking your car and loading it.

There are times the presence of yellow lines on the road means you are not allowed to wait on that road by a particular time of the day. Other times it means you are not allowed to wait on that part of the road by any time of the day.

Although double and single yellow lines mean you are not allowed to wait on the road, double yellow lines indicate that you should never wait on the road while single yellow lines mean you are allowed to wait on the road at certain times.

While yellow lines mean you should not wait on the road, a single yellow line is usually not as serious as a double yellow line. When you spot a single yellow lone, you simply need to look around for a signal which states the times you are prohibited from waiting on the road.

What Are the Penalties for Parking on a Yellow Line?

Just like other rules governing the use of the road, when you break the rule which states that you should not park by a certain part of the road, you will have to pay a penalty.

So, when you park on a road with a yellow line, you will have to be ready to face a civil enforcement officer and be ready to receive parking tickets. If you are out of your vehicle by the time a traffic warden comes around, the traffic warden will place the ticket just around your windscreen.

The parking ticket that traffic wardens issue when you park around a yellow line is called a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). It contains details about the amount you should pay, the date you have to pay, and the date it was issued.

Every offender has 28 days to make payments. If payments are made in less than 14 days, such offenders will only have to make half payments. However, if payments are made after the time for payment elapses, there will be an increase in the fine by 50%.

Are There Exceptions to This Rule?

Just like most rules have penalties and exceptions, this is not any different. If you have a blue badge, you are allowed to park on a yellow line (single and double) for three hours. To do this, the distance between you and the closest junction should not be less than 15 meters and you should not obstruct traffic in any way.


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