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Be Wiser’s Guide To Parking

This guide will provide you with important information covering key things to consider when parking your car.
 
It’s important to begin by stating that parking rules across the UK can be varied and sometimes misunderstood. Official sites such as Gov.uk or Transport for London provide clear guidelines for when and where you should be parking and how to avoid private parking tickets.
 
What Is The Law Around Parking On The Road?
 
Although the Highway Code is not the law, many rules included in it are legal requirements under the Roads Traffic Act. If you don’t comply with this you could face a fine, receive penalty points on your licence, be disqualified from driving, or even be sent to prison.
 
In terms of parking on the road, the Highway Code provides this guidance:

  • Do not park facing against the traffic flow
  • Stop as close as possible to the roadside
  • Do not park too close to a vehicle displaying a Blue Badge
  • Passengers should exit the vehicle on the side next to the kerb

 
What To Do If There Are No Road Markings:
 
The fear of parking in the wrong place and being penalised can often make drivers worried to park on unmarked roads. But often in suburban or rural areas, it is fine to park if there are no road markings.
 
In section 243 of the Highway Code you are able to see a full list of where you shouldn’t be parking.  Here are three key things to remember:
 

  • Never park on a bend, as your car may not be visible to other drivers.
  • Do not park within ten metres of a junction.
  • Do not park over a driveway.

 
As there are so many rules of the road, in order to not overload you with information, below we have provided five important things to remember when you park your car.
 
1. Can You Park on Single Yellow Lines?
 
There are no standard single yellow line parking restrictions that can be given as a rule to follow. Sometimes you can park on a single red or yellow line, but there are no standardised times for when you can.
 
Usually, parking during peak daytime hours will not be allowed, but it should be done at some point during the evening or at weekends. Restrictions should usually be shown on road signs nearby, so the best advice we can give is to check the area before you park.
 
2. Always Display Your Permit or Ticket
 
It sounds obvious to say that a traffic warden must be able to see your ticket or permit clearly, whether it’s a disabled permit, a residents’ permit or a regular parking ticket. 

However, if a warden cannot see and read it, you will likely get a ticket. Permits can fall off of windscreens if they have been stuck for a while. If there is a renewal date that you have forgotten to check and you assume your permit is still valid, the blame for a ticket lies with you.
 
3. Bank Holiday Parking Rules Vary
 
Different councils have different bank holiday rules. If you travel somewhere for a bank holiday day out and assume that the parking rules are the same as your local council car parks, but they are not, you will get a ticket.
 
Some councils will allow you to park in a residents' bay or on a yellow line, but others won't. If you're unsure, check the council website for the area you wish to park in before you travel and always check what it states on the parking meter or ticket machine.
 
4. Be Particularly Careful In Private Car Parks
 

It is important that you are aware of regulations and are particularly cautious when you park on any type of private land or in private-run car parks. Examples of this are supermarkets, hospitals or housing estates.
 
You can be asked to pay large sums of money for minor offenses, by unknown companies. Do not be scared by this, as it is common. The firm often has no right to fine you, so do not automatically pay it. More information can be found on the gov.uk website.
 
5. Stay Inside the Lines
 
Keeping your car inside any defined spot, such as in a pay and display bay is more important than you may think. If your wheel is outside, you may face a ticket.
 
Along the same lines, when parking on the street, keep your car as close to the kerb as possible, but do not park on the pavement. This rule is particularly important if you are in London.

 
There are a lot of rules to find out about and follow when it comes to parking. The best advice we can give is to do your research and be vigilant.
 
This advice should also apply when you are looking for the right car insurance policy.
 
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