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Highway Code Parking Laws and Stop Rules

Roadside stop laws and restrictions have severe penalties. This section explains UK parking rules near a corner, 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.

Highway Code Parking Rules UK

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.

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 side walk 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 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.

Also in this section...

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