Where you must not park

You must not park your vehicle:

  • Where your vehicle will cause obstruction or danger.
  • On a road with street lighting - that is a road where the street lights are spaced not more than 200 metres apart - other than in a marked parking place.
  • On, or partly on, a pavement, footpath, central reservation, verge, hard shoulder or traffic island.
  • Where your vehicle would block a vehicular entrance to properties or block the entrance to or exit from a car park.
  • Where your vehicle will obstruct access to a fire hydrant from the roadway.

Other than at no stopping places as described on pages 80 and 81, you may stop to pick up or set down passengers or load or unload goods - if you can do so without causing obstruction or danger.

You should not stop for longer than necessary to let passengers get on or off. You should only let your vehicle stand for a longer time if loading or unloading is taking place.

Such loading should be carried out without a break and your vehicle should not be left unattended or left standing when the loading and unloading of goods has been completed.

On a road without street lighting or a private road, you should be aware of:
Where you must not park illustration Road Sign
You must not park at any time on the side of the roadway or on the pavement or verge along that side of the road where there is only a single broken yellow line near the edge of the road. You must not park on the side of the roadway or on the pavement or verge along that side of the road where there are 'No parking' signs together with the single broken yellow line, at any time or in the time periods shown on 'Time plates' with the 'No parking' signs.

Road Sign

Temporary 'No parking' sign - arrows show the direction or directions in which the ban applies

You must not park where there are temporary 'No parking' signs or in a closed or suspended parking space.

Where you should not let your vehicle stand

You should not let your vehicle stand, wait, or load or unload goods if it would cause danger to other road users, hold up traffic or inconvenience others.

You should not let your vehicle stand where it would make it difficult for others to see clearly.

You should not let your vehicle stand where it would reduce the width of that part of the road generally used by traffic.

You should not let your vehicle stand where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out of premises.

You should not let your vehicle stand where it would cause danger or inconvenience to pedestrians particularly where pedestrians are likely to cross the road such as at a pedestrian crossing, at or near a junction or near a traffic island.

Do not let your vehicle stand
  • At or near a school entrance, not even to pick up or set down school children.
  • Near a School Crossing Patrol.
  • Where it would hide a traffic sign or road marking.
  • Near any bus stop.
  • Near a 'Green man' crossing.
  • Near a pedestrian crossing place.
  • On a two-way road where there are 'Double white' lines, even if one of the lines is broken.
  • Near or at a junction.
  • Near or on a bend.
  • Near or on the brow of a hill.
  • Opposite a traffic island.
  • Alongside another stationary vehicle.
  • Opposite or nearly opposite another stationary vehicle if this would narrow the road to less than the width of two vehicles.
  • Near road works.
  • On a narrow road.
  • On a flyover or in a underpass.
  • On faster main roads, except in a layby.
  • On a single-track road.
  • In a passing place.
  • Where it would prevent properly parked vehicles from moving back onto the road. In hospital entrances.
  • In police, fire and ambulance station entrances.
  • On a major dual carriageway.
  • On a slip road.
  • On a hard shoulder or hard strip ( except in an emergency).
  • In a bus bay.
  • In a police layby.

You must not repair, maintain or carry out work on a vehicle on a road, except for emergency repairs if your vehicle breaks down. You must not leave a broken down vehicle on a road except while getting help.