Drving Rules
238. Waiting and parking - General
You MUST NOT wait or park on yellow lines during the times of operation shown on nearby time plates (or zone entry signs if in a Controlled Parking Zone) - see'Information signs'and'Road markings'. Double yellow lines indicate a prohibition of waiting at any time even if there are no upright signs. You MUST NOT wait or park, or stop to set down and pick up passengers, on school entrance markings (see'Road markings') when upright signs indicate a prohibition of stopping.
239. Waiting and parking - Parking
Use off-street parking areas, or bays marked out with white lines on the road as parking places, wherever possible. If you have to stop on the roadside

  • do not park facing against the traffic flow
  • stop as close as you can to the side
  • Check before opening your door

  • do not stop too close to a vehicle displaying a Blue Badge: remember, the occupant may need more room to get in or out
  • you MUST switch off the engine, headlights and fog lights
  • you MUST apply the handbrake before leaving the vehicle
  • you MUST ensure you do not hit anyone when you open your door. Check for cyclists or other traffic
  • it is safer for your passengers (especially children) to get out of the vehicle on the side next to the kerb
  • put all valuables out of sight and make sure your vehicle is secure
  • lock your vehicle
  • 240. Waiting and parking - Parking
    You MUST NOT stop or park on

  • the carriageway or the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency
  • a pedestrian crossing, including the area marked by the zig-zag lines
  • a clearway (see'Traffic signs')
  • taxi bays as indicated by upright signs and markings
  • an urban clearway within its hours of operation, even when a broken white line is on your side of the road, except to pick up or set down passengers (see'Traffic signs')
  • a road marked with double white lines, except to pick up or set down passengers
  • a tram or cycle lane during its period of operation
  • a cycle track
  • red lines, in the case of specially designated'red routes', unless otherwise indicated by signs
  • Any vehicle may enter a bus lane to stop, load or unload where this is not prohibited.
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