PARKING A VEHICLE AT THE ROADSIDE: We refer to the current UK Highway Code roadside parking law.
It stipulates that unless it is ‘absolutely’ necessary, you should try to avoid making a stop on the highway as a chosen place to park your vehicle.
Instead, motorists should use ‘specially’ marked bays identified by white lines. Thus, you should use off-street parking areas wherever possible.
Follow these guidelines if you need to stop a car on the roadside during the day time. But, there are further restrictions for parking a vehicle at night time.
Roadside Parking Law and Stop Rules
- Do not park a car facing against the flow of traffic.
- Stop as close as you reasonably can to the verge or road side.
- Avoid stopping too close to a vehicle displaying a Blue Badge.
- You must turn off the engine, headlights, and fog lights.
- Before leaving the vehicle you must apply the handbrake.
- Check for cyclists using the road and other traffic before opening your door.
- Encourage all passengers to exit the vehicle on the kerb side.
- Secure and lock the vehicle removing all valuables from sight.
ALSO IN THIS SECTION
Parking Laws: No waiting and restricted parking rules are strictly regulated and enforced.
Parking at Night: The Highway Code laws for parking a motorised vehicle on a road at night time.
Decriminalised Parking Enforcement: Local authority enforcement of car parking regulations in the UK.
Waiting and Parking Laws: Find out exactly where you can and cannot park your vehicle.