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We’ve put together some parking tips to help you to avoid getting a penalty charge notice:

  • Check the lines on the road and, where applicable, the signs by the side of the road and make sure you have parked within the bay markings. If there are road markings on the outside of a parking bay, a sign is not always required.
  • Make sure your vehicle’s wheels are not resting on yellow lines, hatched markings, dropped kerbs or any other restriction.
  • When using a car park, read the signs and purchase the appropriate ticket. Make sure you display the ticket where it can be easily seen.
  • Don’t stay any longer than permitted by the signs or the ticket you have purchased.
  • Don’t double park or block entrances to properties.
  • Don’t park on pavements. Parking restrictions, such as yellow lines, include pavements. Even if your wheels are not on the carriageway, you will still be breaching the restrictions.
  • Don’t park on pedestrian crossings or on the white zig-zag markings near the crossings. This includes dropping off or collecting passengers.
  • Don’t park on school keep clear markings or on the yellow zig-zag markings near to schools. This includes dropping off or collecting passengers.
  • Restrictions and conditions are in force at all times unless stated on local signs.
  • Our civil enforcement officers will not enter any premises to give advice before issuing a penalty charge notice. If you are with your vehicle, you will be given time to correct your parking unless you have already been advised or are parked on zig-zag markings.
  • Once our civil enforcement officer has started to issue a penalty charge notice, they cannot cancel it or change any details. If you think you have wrongly received a penalty charge notice you should follow the instructions on the back of the notice.
  • Where yellow lines allow waiting or unloading, your vehicle must not be parked in a way that causes danger or an obstruction.
  • If you are a blue badge user, check your handbook to ensure you fully understand the rules around using the blue badge.
  • Don’t park where there is a dropped pedestrian kerb leading from one side of the road to the other, with or without tactile paving. They are there for the benefit of people who are unable to cross the road without them and to assist parents with prams or pushchairs.
  • On-street parking bays no longer require white dotted lines around them, even when there is a restriction.