The UK Rules

Waiting Traffic Restrictions

This guide explains the UK Highway Code 'no waiting' and 'restricted parking' laws. The authorities regulate and enforce all waiting and parking rules across the country.

WAITING & PARKING LAWS: Understanding where you can and cannot park your vehicle is vital to avoid penalties and heavy fines.

Traffic and parking rules dictate how long you can wait in a restricted zone or whether you can legally stop your car to pick up passengers.

You Must Not Wait or Park (RTRA Law 5 & 8)

You Must Not Wait, Park, or Stop

Rule 238: You MUST NOT wait or park on yellow lines during the times of operation shown on nearby time plates (or zone entry signs if in a Controlled Parking Zone). See the road traffic signs section for more information. Double yellow lines indicate a prohibition of waiting at any time even if there are no upright signs.

You MUST NOT wait or park, or stop to set down and pick up passengers, on school entrance markings when upright signs indicate a prohibition of stopping. See the road markings section for more information.

What if Someone Parks in Front of Your House?

What does the law say if there is someone blocking your driveway and you cannot get out? Living in a street does not grant you automatic legal entitlement to park outside your own home. In this case the law does not ban other drivers from parking outside your home per se.

Parking is a premium in towns and built up areas. What if people block your driveway in these busy locations? From a technical standpoint they are not breaking any parking laws.

The police confirm that it is not anyone's legal right to park in front of their own house. The exception would be when there is a designated parking space operating in that place.

Private roads, and those ruled by residential parking permits, have different parking regulations. As a rule in other cases, members of the public are not breaking the law. That said, they must follow the general restrictions for parking a vehicle. Parked cars must cause an obstruction to other vehicles travelling on the roads.

Highway Code Rule 243: Do Not Stop or Park


Parking Regulations: No waiting and restricted parking laws are viciously regulated and strictly enforced.
Parking at Night: The Highway Code laws for parking a motorised vehicle on a road at night time.
Roadside Parking Laws: Find out how to avoid a ticket by parking your vehicle correctly.
Decriminalised Parking Enforcement: Local authority enforcement of car parking regulations in the UK.

Waiting Traffic and Parking Restrictions in the United Kingdom