Roadside stop laws and 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.
UK PARKING RULES: Follow these parking laws and learn where you can - and cannot - park.
Wherever possible, you should avoid making a complete stop on any highway.
Motorists should not use highways as a legal place to park or dump their motorised vehicle.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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: An exception applies to situations when you are forced to do so because of stationary traffic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Decriminalised Parking Enforcement: Local authority enforcement of car parking regulations in the UK.
Parking at Night: The Highway Code laws for parking a motorised vehicle on a road at night time.
Roadside Parking Laws: Check how no waiting and restricted parking rules get regulated and enforced.
Waiting and Parking Restrictions: Find out exactly where you can and cannot park your vehicle.
Highway Code Parking Laws in the United Kingdom