The surprising conditions that mean you CAN park on double yellow lines

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CAR PARKING in the wrong part of a road can lead to devastating consequences for motorists who make simple errors.

Car parking in banned areas can lead to hefty bills from police officers or council officials and could even see points placed on a driving licence for serious offences. Motorists are not allowed to park in a series of places because of the increased road risk to themselves or other road users. 

Never get caught out again by following this simple guide to common parking areas that incur hefty bills. 

Two yellow lines painted next to a kerb indicates parking is not permitted at any time. Although, motorists may still be able to pick up passengers if they are seen to not be parking for some time. 

According to the RAC, blue badge holders may also be able to park on the lines for a maximum of three hours as long as they have stopped in a safe place. 

The recovery group warns restrictions could still apply and signs near the road will state what extra rules may be in place. 

Parking on a double yellow line can see motorists hit with a fierce £7 fine but this can be reduced by half if paid within 14 days of receiving a ticket. 

It is not illegal to park on the road in the majority of residential areas as long as a vehicle has not stopped on double yellow lines. 

However, some buildings have special rules which prevent motorists from stopping or parking their vehicle near them at all.

The Highway Code says motorists cannot stop near a school entrance or anywhere you would prevent access for Emergency Services.

These areas may be indicated by yellow zig-zag lines and nearby signs should state which restrictions are in place and whether this is only between certain times. 

This parking law is pretty open to interpretation and motorists must be careful to stay on the correct side of the legislation. 

The Highway Code states motorists cannot park opposite a traffic island if this would obstruct a parked vehicle. 

Motorists can also be hit with fines if they obstruct cyclists use of cycle facilities or by causing a blockage where they could force other traffic into a tram lane. 

Parking on the pavement is only illegal in London. However, the Highway Code states this should still not be done throughout the rest of the country either. 

The code says parking on a kerbside can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or those with visual impairments. 

Strict laws for pavement parking could soon be introduced across the UK after proposals from the Transport Select Committee. 

The group said they wished to see a rollout of the scheme across the entire county for consistency and to help concerned residents. 

Even proper car parking bays may have certain vehicle restrictions banning certain types of car or motorbikes from stopping there.

These restrictions should be easily accessible on road signs near the parking bays and will display which types of transport would be allowed. 

The British Parking Association says these signs could state only motor cars or goods vehicles can stop in a particular place and should also clearly state what times the rules apply. 

Failing to park completely in the car parking space could also see you hit with a ticket and motorists are urged to choose a space that best fits their vehicle. 

Residential restrictions may also apply in busy built-up areas or places that may be within walking distance to local services. 

Councils may issue parking permits for these streets and only motorists displaying a permit would be allowed to park on the road without facing fines. 

The Highway Code states motorists must not stop or are on an urban clearway within its hours of operation. 

The British Parking Associations attest the clearway sign means no stopping and does apply at all times regardless of the situation. 

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