Double yellow lines

Before we can paint new double yellow lines, or extend existing ones, we have to issue a Traffic Regulation Order which is subject to a public consultation. All proposals for restrictions are also subject to budgets being available.

If you’d like to request double yellow lines, you need to contact your local councillor or town or parish council and seek their approval for your suggestion. If you get confirmation from them forward this to us and we’ll hold the request on file until the next time we review the restrictions in that area. This is likely to take around a year.

If the emergency services ask us to paint double yellow lines somewhere to help them carry out their work, we’ll install the markings as soon as we can – unless there is a significant reason not to.

We’ll also consider requests from our public transport and waste management teams if there’s an ongoing problem at a location due to problem parking –  for example if waste or recycling collections are persistently being missed or if buses can’t travel part of a route.

We use a number of guidelines to decide whether to paint double yellow lines at a location

Across driveways

Requests for double yellows will only be considered if

  • it can be demonstrated that there’s a regular problem of indiscriminate parking across a vehicle drop kerb preventing goods vehicle access throughout the day. Proof could be photographs taken over a period of time or site visits from our officers, councillors or the town or parish council
  • occupiers of the affected property are in favour of restrictions
  • refuse vehicles are experiencing regular problems accessing a drop kerb

Double yellow lines will not be used to resolve neighbourly disputes.

Around a junction

Junctions within a 30mph speed limit will not be considered unless

  • there’s evidence of regular ‘damage only’ accidents
  • there have been three or more accidents recorded there in the last five years which have resulted in injury
  • access issues for HGV traffic have been regularly reported
  • our public transport or waste management teams have regularly reported problems preventing them from delivering their service in the area

Junctions with a higher speed limit will only be considered if the above conditions are met or if our road safety officers believe there are safety concerns at the location – for example problems with visibility.

In a cul-de-sac turning head

Double yellow lines will be considered if

  • our waste management team confirm that waste and recycling collections are regularly being missed due to lack of restrictions
  • it can be demonstrated that there is a regular problem of indiscriminate parking. Proof could be photographs taken over a period of time or site visits from our officers, councillors or the town or parish council.
  • residents who would be directly affected by the markings are in favour of the restrictions

If a location is considered suitable for restrictions the whole road will looked at, as marking lines in one location may move the problem to other areas in the road.

Road alignment

Requests for double yellow lines where the layout of the road combined with problem parking is causing issues will only be considered if

  • there are genuine safety concerns, for example where there’s poor visibility with vehicles approaching at high speed
  • there’s evidence of regular ‘damage only’ accidents
  • there have been three or more accidents recorded there in the last five years which have resulted in injury
  • the existing parking problem is causing unnecessary and lengthy congestion issues to major routes

Changes to existing restrictions

Where changes to current parking restrictions are requested, we’ll look at whether the markings are still needed. We’ll also consider why the existing restrictions aren’t working and the possible consequences of any changes. We’ll only consider making changes if the location meets our criteria.

Around schools, hospitals, doctors surgeries and similar buildings

We’ll need to carry out a site assessment for these requests.

Changing a keep clear H bar marking to double yellow lines

This will only be considered if the H bar meets our H bar policy and the location meets our criteria.

Limited waiting restrictions

Limited waiting is a parking bay which allows vehicles to park for a period of time. If you’d like to request limited waiting restrictions in an area please contact your local councillor or town or parish council who will pass the suggestion to us. for our officers to consider.