Yellow lines

Yellow lines are provided where there is a need to restrict parking, in order to:

  • help alleviate traffic congestion
  • prevent obstructions on roads
  • make roads safer for vehicles and pedestrians, and
  • provide kerb side loading facilities.

All the streets in a controlled parking zone have yellow lines, except:

  • where there are bays marked out with white lines, and
  • roads that are subject to red routes

There are two types of yellow lines:

  • Double yellow lines to mark lengths of road where there is no waiting at any time, even when the controlled parking zone hours are not operational.
  • Single Yellow Lines to mark lengths of the road where there is no parking during the restricted hours.

There are no supplementary signs to indicate the restricted hours, unless these vary from the hours relating to the zone. Vehicles must not wait on single yellow lines during these hours.

Similarly, vehicles must not stop where a loading restriction applies. These restrictions are shown by yellow kerb markings. Restricted times are indicated on white supplementary plates.

The only instance where vehicles may park on a yellow line is where there are no loading restrictions and:

  • where loading or unloading is taking place in accordance with local regulations, or
  • where the driver has a disabled blue badge, and
  • complies with the national regulations e.g. maximum stay of 3 hours with both the badge and clock used appropriately)

Places you cannot park at any time

Even if the controlled parking zone hours are not in operation, you cannot park at any time on:

  • Double yellow lines
  • Pavements (Footway Parking). No pavement parking is tolerated in Tower Hamlets, irrespective of whether or not the street is within a controlled parking zone. This is a parking offence, and a penalty charge notice may be issued
  • Cross-overs and dropped kerbs: parking over a cross-over/dropped kerb is also an offence, irrespective of whether the street is within a controlled parking zone or not.

Parking on estates owned by the council

On council owned estates the enforcement hours are generally 8.30am to10.30pm, seven days a week, although some estates operate a 24-hour restriction.

For further details please contact the relevant neighbourhood housing office, or estate parking on 020 7364 2985.

All the council’s road markings and signs are in accordance with the department for transport regulations. You can see more detail on road markings and signage at the Directgov website.

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