Avoid Parking Tickets -Understand the Single Yellow and Double Lines at the Parking Bay!
In most countries, parking enforcement is mainly determined by lines as well as signs that are shown on the streets. Lines and signs are emphasized since it is impossible to have signs that enforce parking restrictions without necessarily having the lines that indicate which specific part of the road the parking restrictions are applicable. At a glance, this could seem simple, but in case you consider the no waiting sign, it will indicate the specific times of the days or month, but the challenge is how do you know which length of the road such a restriction would apply?
Well, the single yellow line indicates that there is some parking restriction, which is not round the clock. So, in order for you to determine the actual prohibition, there must be some signs that will indicate the times as well as the days when the prohibition is applicable. These kinds of signs are referred to as the repeater signs and they are placed sixty meters along the pavements for the specific length of the single yellow line. As you can imagine, there are some areas where this kind of single line could easily stretch for a long distance hence there is some legal concession under which these signs may not be required. Usually, the concessions will allow the council not to have any repeater signs in case signs such as the controlled parking zone signs are evident at the entrance of every road where the single yellow lines have been painted. Note that the controlled parking zone signs should state the restrictions that are applicable to all of the single yellow lines in that zone.
The single yellow lines that are outside of the controlled sign should be accompanied with a sign. According to the regulation, these signs should be placed at regular intervals. The lay according to the Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 3 indicates that these signs should be placed 60 meters apart. In reference to the TSRGD, the single line should be represented by the diagram 101. The usual signs for the single kind of yellow lines are 639 and 637.3. Take note that these signs can also be combined with the loading as well as limited stay parking 640 and 639.1B.
It should be noted that the yellow line is not enforceable since it does not have a sign and neither is it in a controlled area. Usually, the single yellow line that is outside a controlled zone needs an accompanying sign that details the specific restriction hours. When such signs are not evident in this kind of location, then it is unenforceable.
Similarly loading restrictions should be accompanied by the case kerb markings that are also referred to as the chevrons or blips. This sign indicates a loading restriction, but is does not especially indicate the specific days as well as times of the restriction only that it is not applicable 24/7. As such, it should be accompanied with a sign that will provide this kind of information.
Usually, the double line on the road indicates that there is 24/7 parking prohibition. In this particular case, there is no sign indicating that there is a 24/7 prohibition. So, all the other signs require additional signs that state the restrictions and this is not the case with the double yellow lines. As much as the double yellow signs do not require signs, they still need a traffic order. In reference to the TSRGD, the double yellow line is usually represented by the diagram 1018.1.
Although the yellow parking bays have got restrictions, there are solely meant for the residents to park or for the general public or a dual bay that can be utilized by the residents as well as the general public. Also note that there are some parking bays that are specifically restricted for certain motorists such as the disabled motorists. The most common feature today is that the parking bays must have signs that indicate the specific mature of the residents. In addition, these signs should show the times as well as the days that their use has been restricted. The main rule is in case there are some lines defining the parking bay, then there should be accompanied by a sign that indicates the specific nature of the restriction. So, in case there is no kind of sign, then any parking ticket that you may receive is not enforceable hence you should appeal.
It is worth noting that both the yellow and the single lines have got termination bars that are indicated inside the TSRGD diagrams. Notably, some of the local authorities can try and claim that these kinds of bars are not needed once the yellow lines ends at the bay or any other marking. Many have considered this an urban myth that lacks a legislation basis. In order to clarify this matter, the Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 5 provides a guidance on the utilization of the road markings. This legislation confirms the TSRGD as well as refers to the yellow lines in pg 116, paragraph 20.3 and it states: There should be a traverse marking placed at every end of the line, where one of the line changes to the other ( figure 20-1), and where it also abuts the bay marking or a zig zag line as well at the point where the vertical signs indicate the changes in the time period, but usually the road marking will remain the same.
As a word of caution, it is worth mentioning that the adjudicators are ignoring the law and refusing any appeals brought forth on this basis. In 2003, one of the appeal cases related to the missing T bar was lost. The legality of the decision made can be questionable because the adjudicator dismissed the facts that indicated the lines were not compliant with the TSRGD based in the fact that the law is not concerned with trifles hence it cannot be concluded that Mr. Minier or any other motorists would have been misled by the absence of the T-bars. The point is not whether this raises confusion or not, but the simple fact is that the line is not compliant with the regulations hence it is not valid. As such, the Ticketfighter strongly believes that this kind of decision is wrong.