Where you must not park

You must not park your vehicle:

  • Where your vehicle will cause obstruction or danger to other road users.
  • 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 access to properties or car parks.
  • Where your vehicle will obstruct access to a fire hydrant from the roadway.

Other than at no-stopping places as described on pages 90 and 91, 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 of goods is taking place.

Such loading or unloading activities should be carried out as quickly as possible. Your vehicle should not be left unattended or left standing when the loading or unloading of goods has been completed.

On a road without street lighting or a private road:

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 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 is 'No parking' sign at any time, or at the time period shown on the 'Time plate' under the 'No parking' sign. A single broken yellow line may be added on the side of the roadway to indicate the parking restriction.

Road Sign

Temporary 'No parking' sign - arrows show the direction or directions to 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 where

Do not let your vehicle stand
  • At or near a school entrances/exits, 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.
  • At or near any bus stop, public light bus stand/ stop, or taxi stand.
  • Near a 'Green man' crossing or pedestrian crossing place.
  • On a two-way road with 'Double white' lines.
  • At or near at a junction.
  • Near or on a bend.
  • Near or on the brow of a hill.
  • Opposite a traffic island.
  • Alongside another stationary vehicle.
  • If this would narrow the road not enough for passage of two vehicles in opposite direction.
  • Near road works.
  • On a narrow or single track road.
  • On a flyover or in an underpass.
  • On main road with faster traffic.
  • In a passing place.
  • Where it would prevent properly parked vehicles from moving out.
  • In hospital entrances/exits.
  • In police, fire and ambulance station entrances/exits.
  • On a major dual carriageway.
  • On a slip road.
  • On a hard shoulder, marginal strip or emergency lay-by (except in an emergency).
  • In a bus bay.
  • In a police lay-by.

If your vehicle breaks down, you must not repair, maintain or carry out any works on a vehicle on a road, except for works that are necessary to enable the vehicle to be removed without undue delay. You must not leave a broken down vehicle on a road unattended except while getting help.