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Highway Code Parking Rules

Roadside stop laws and associated restrictions have severe penalties. This section explains UK parking rules near corners, on the pavement, close to a junction, and in front of a driveway.

The wording of the highways code makes it clear to identify the law when bringing a vehicle to a halt or leaving it temporarily. The words 'MUST' and 'MUST NOT' are the parking rules that need to be obeyed.

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Motorists and motorbike riders can use these parking laws to learn where you can - and you cannot - park.

Even so, you should try to avoid making a complete stop on any highway, wherever possible.

Furthermore, motorists should not use the highways as a legal place to park or dump (abandon) a motorised vehicle.

Note: The UK-wide Highway Code parking rules and regulations are clear. They direct you to park your vehicle in special marked bays identified by white lines.

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Rule 239: You must follow all roadside parking regulations. The stop rules apply any time you need to vacate your car, or bring it to a halt, in a safe place on the road. The alternative is to leave it in off-street car parking areas whenever possible.

Follow these current guidelines if you need to stop a vehicle on the roadside:

Updated Highway Code Rules

Drivers MUST ensure it is safe before using a hand-held device to help them park the vehicle. Move the vehicle into the parking space in the safest way possible and by the shortest route.

Drivers MUST remain in control of the vehicle at all times while using a hand-held device to assist parking. Do not use the device for anything other reason while you park and do not endanger anyone. Always use any hand-held device according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Important: Drivers could get a £1,000 fine for opening the door with the wrong hand. The updated Highway Code rules aim to reduce injuries to cyclists by adopting the 'Dutch Reach' method (e.g. opening the door with the hand furthest away from it).

Rule 240: You MUST NOT Stop or Park

Rule 241: Reserved Parking Highway Code Rules

UK Highway Code parking laws state you MUST NOT park a motor vehicle in specific reserved spaces. The exception applies for those with entitlement (e.g. Blue Badge holders, motorcycles, residents).

Rule 242: Road Obstruction

The Highway Code parking rules also state you MUST NOT leave your vehicle (or a trailer) in a position where it may cause a danger or an unnecessary road obstruction.

Note: You can report an obstruction on the road (e.g. scaffolding, skips, illegal road signs, overhanging hedges, tree branches) to the local council or to Highways England.

Rule 243: DO NOT Stop, Park, or Abandon a Vehicle

Note: An exception applies to situations when you are forced to do so because of stationary traffic.

Rule 244: Highway Code Parking on the Pavement

UK Highway Code parking rules prohibit leaving a car parked on a pavement. Abandoning a motor vehicle on a sidewalk may obstruct and inconvenience all pedestrians.

This is especially so for those with visual impairments, people with prams or pushchairs, and wheelchair users.

You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on pavements in London. The same Highway Code parking signs and regulations apply elsewhere throughout England and Wales. There may be exceptions where road signage shows different restrictions.

Rule 245: Controlled Parking Zones

Controlled Parking Zone entry signs indicate the times of waiting and parking restrictions and when they are in force. Parking may be permitted in designated places at other times or separately signed with marked bays.

Rule 246: Goods Vehicles

All Goods Vehicles (including any trailer) with a maximum laden weight of more than 7.5 tonnes MUST NOT be parked without police permission on a pavement, a roadside verge, or land areas situated between carriageways.

An exception occurs if the vehicle must be stationary for loading and unloading. But, drivers MUST NOT leave the vehicle unattended.

Rule 247: Loading and Unloading

Double yellow lines or road markings on the kerb mean you cannot load or unload. These delivery and collection restrictions may advise you using upright signs.

Marked and signed red route bays may show the location and times where loading and unloading can take place.

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