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Traffic signs: Road markings

Across the carriageway
 
A white horizontal line in a grey rectangle A thick white horizontal line in a grey rectangle A white dashed horizontal line in a grey rectangle
Stop line at signals or police control
Stop line at 'Stop' sign
Stop line for pedestrians at a level crossing
 
Two white dashed horizontal lines in a grey rectangle A white long dashed horizontal line in a grey rectangle A thick white dashed horizontal line in a grey rectangle
Give way to traffic on major road
Give way to traffic from the right at a roundabout
Give way to traffic from the right at a mini-roundabout

 
Along the carriageway
 
A white vertical line in a grey rectangle
Edge line
A white dashed vertical line in a grey rectangle
Centre line
See Rule 106
A white long dashed vertical line in a grey rectangle
Hazard warning line
See Rule 106
A white vertical line and a white vertical dashed line in a grey rectangleTwo white vertical lines in a grey rectangle
Double white lines
See rules 107 and 108
Two white dashed vertical lines with diagonal dashes inbetween in a grey rectangle
Diagonal hatching
See Rule 109
A white short dashed vertical line in a grey rectangle
Lane line
See Rule 110
 
 
 

Along the edge of the carriageway

Waiting restrictions

Waiting restrictions indicated by yellow lines apply to the carriageway, pavement and verge. You may stop to load or unload (unless there are also loading restrictions as described below) or while passengers board or alight. Double yellow lines mean no waiting at any time, unless there are signs that specifically indicate seasonal restrictions. The times at which the restrictions apply for other road markings are shown on nearby plates or on entry signs to controlled parking zones. If no days are shown on the signs, the restrictions are in force every day including Sundays and Bank Holidays. White bay markings and upright signs (see below) indicate where parking is allowed.

Red Route stopping controls

Red lines are used on some roads instead of yellow lines. In London the double and single red lines used on Red Routes indicate that stopping to park, load/unload or to board and alight from a vehicle (except for a licensed taxi or if you hold a Blue Badge) is prohibited. The red lines apply to the carriageway, pavement and verge. The times that the red line prohibitions apply are shown on nearby signs, but the double red line ALWAYS means no stopping at any time. On Red Routes you may stop to park, load/unload in specially marked boxes and adjacent signs specify the times and purposes and duration allowed. A box MARKED IN RED indicates that it may only be available for the purpose specified for part of the day (eg between busy peak periods). A box MARKED IN WHITE means that it is available throughout the day.

Red and single yellow lines CAN ONLY GIVE A GUIDE TO THE RESTRICTIONS AND CONTROLS IN FORCE AND SIGNS, NEARBY OR AT A ZONE ENTRY, MUST BE CONSULTED.


 
 
Two vertical yellow lines in a grey rectangle A vertical yellow line in a grey rectangle below the words 8 am - 6 pm and an arrow pointing right in a yellow rectangle A white dashed line forming a rectangle inside a grey rectangle below the words Mon - Sat, 8 am - 7 pm, 20 mins, No return within 40 minutes and the letter P in a blue square inside a white rectangle
No waiting at any time
No waiting during times shown on sign
Waiting is limited to the times and duration shown
 
Two red vertical lines in a grey rectangle below the words Red Route No Stopping At Any Time in a red outlined rectangle A red vertical line in a grey rectangle below the words Red Route No Stopping Mon - Sat 7 am - 7 pm in a red outlined rectangle Two red vertical lines and a white dashed line that forms a rectangle in a grey rectangle below the words Red Route Mon - Sat 7 am - 7 pm 1 hour No return within 2 hours an a P in a blue square, in a red outlined rectangle Two red vertical lines and a red dashed line that forms a rectangle in a grey rectangle below the words Red Route No Stopping Mon - Sat 7 am - 7 pm 1 hour Except 10 am - 4 pm loading max 20 mins and a picture of a person with a trolley in a blue square, in a red outlined rectangle
No stopping at any time
No stopping during times shown on sign
Parking is limited at the times for duration shown
Only loading may take place at the times shown for up to a maximum duration of 20 minutes
 
 

On the kerb or at the edge of the carriageway

Loading restrictions on roads other than Red Routes

Yellow marks on the kerb or at the edge of the carriageway indicate that loading or unloading is prohibited at the times shown on the nearby black and white plates. You may stop while passengers board or alight. If no days are indicated on the signs the restrictions are in force every day including Sundays and Bank Holidays.

ALWAYS CHECK THE TIMES SHOWN ON THE PLATES.

Lengths of road reserved for vehicles loading and unloading are indicated by a white 'bay' marking with the words 'Loading Only' and a sign with the white on blue 'trolley' symbol. This sign also shows whether loading and unloading is restricted to goods vehicles and the times at which the bay can be used. If no times or days are shown it may be used at any time. Vehicles may not park here if they are not loading or unloading.


 
A picture of a kerb with two yellow lines on it under the words No Loading At Any Time in a black outlined rectangle
No loading or unloading at any time
A picture of a kerb with one yellow line on it under the words No Loading Mon - Sat 8.30 am - 6.30 pm inside a black outlined rectangle
No loading or unloading at the times shown
A white dashed line that forms a rectangle with the words Loading Bay inside a grey rectangle below the words Loading Only and a picture of a person with a trolley inside a black outlined rectangle
Loading bay
 
 
 
Other road markings

 
Two yellow zig zag lines either side of the words School Keep Clear inside a grey rectangle A white outlined triangle pointing down inside a grey rectangle A white dashed line that forms a rectangle with the words Doctor inside a grey rectangle
Keep entrance clear of stationary vehicles, even if picking up or setting down children
Warning of 'Give Way' just ahead
Parking space reserved for vehicles named
 
A yellow dashed line that forms a rectangle with the words Bus Stop inside a grey rectangle A yellow vertical line and a white vertical line and the words Bus Lane between them inside a grey rectangle Diagonal criss cross yellow lines  inside a grey rectangle The words Keep Clear inside a grey rectangle An arrow bending to the left above the word City next to an arrow pointing up above the word A3 next to an arrow bending to the right above the words York Street, inside a grey rectangle
See Rule 120
See Rule 215
Box junction
See Rule 150
Do not block that part of the carriageway indicated
Indication of traffic lanes

 

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