You must not stop

  • On an expressway.
  • At any time on the side of the roadway or on the pavement or verge along that side of the road where there are double yellow lines or 'No stopping' signs.
  • Where there is a single solid yellow line and 'No stopping' signs with 'Time plates' - do not stop on the days or in the time periods shown. Sometimes the stopping ban is indicated by Traffic signs only, and there may be no yellow lines marked on the road.
  • In a 'No stopping' zone.
  • In a zebra controlled area marked by the zigzag lines unless the vehicle is giving precedence to a pedestrian using the zebra crossing or is waiting to make a left or right turn.
  • At a bus stop, minibus stand or taxi stand.

Road Sign 'No stopping' sign

  • On parts of a roadway on which you are normally not allowed to enter, for example bus lanes, hard shoulders and cycleways.
  • In a 'Tunnel area'.
  • On a yellow box marking.
  • On a yellow striped pedestrian crossing.

The stopping ban does not apply in an emergency ( for example, to prevent an accident ), when your vehicle breaks down or when signalled to stop by a Police Officer, a Traffic Warden, a traffic sign or traffic light.

You must not stop, not even to pick up or set down passengers or to load or unload goods.

Road Sign

The 'No stopping' signs may also apply to certain classes of vehicle such as, goods vehicles or taxis. A supplementary plate will indicate this.

On trunk roads, and other major roads a 'No stopping' ban may be indicated only by traffic signs. The 'No stopping' ban will be marked at the beginning and end by signs with smaller 'No stopping' signs repeated at intervals along the road. On a dual carriageway the 'No stopping' ban applies to both sides of a carriageway.

On expressways, neither signs nor markings are used to indicate no stopping restrictions. Once you enter an expressway you must not stop.



No stopping zones

Road Sign

Traffic signs mark the beginning and end of 'No stopping' zones.

The times during which the stopping ban applies are shown on the sign.

Regulatory signs and road markings may be used within a zone to remind you of the stopping ban or to indicate a change in the time periods.

'No stopping' zones may also apply to minibuses only.


On expressways, neither signs nor markings are used to indicate no stopping restrictions. Once you enter an expressway you must not stop.

Road marking Regulatory signs and repeaters
Road Marking
Road Sign Road Sign
No stopping at any time
Road Marking
Road Sign Road Sign
Road Sign Road Sign
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No stopping for period(s) shown on the time plate

Coloured sign post

Red, yellow and green colour sign posts are used to represent the three most common standard no stopping restriction time periods for all vehicles.

Colour Time period
Red 7am - midnight
Yellow 7am - 7pm
Green 7am - 10am and 4pm - 7pm
Grey for all other time periods

You should not stop

  • Near or on a 'Green man' crossing.
  • Near a pedestrian crossing place, for example where there is an island on the road.
  • Near traffic lights.
  • Near a School Crossing Patrol.
  • On a major dual carriageway.
  • Where you may cause danger to yourself, your passengers or other road users.

Certificate for picking up or setting down of passengers with disabilities in restricted zones

The police will exercise discretion to allow driver of taxi, private car, private light bus and private bus to pick up and set down passengers with disabilities in restricted zones (except expressways and 24-hour restricted zones) provided that no hazard or disruption is caused to other road users.

A person with a disability can give to the driver a Certificate for Picking Up or Setting Down of Passengers with Disabilities in Restricted Zones(issued by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service)

completed with record of the journey. The following people with a disability are eligible to use the Certificate:

a.  persons with mobility problem such as wheelchair users or users of walking aids; &
b.  visually impaired persons.

The driver can present the certificate to a Police Officer to prove that he has picked up or set down a passenger with a disability in a restricted zone in case he is interrogated by the police.