Parking myths

Here’s the truth behind some popular parking myths:

  • our civil enforcement officers do not get bonuses for issuing tickets. They are paid a salary
  • double yellow lines with double kerb ticks means no waiting at any time. You can, however, stop to let passengers in or out of your vehicle. This includes coaches
  • blue badges do not allow the user to park in a loading bay or close to a junction
  • when parked in a loading bay you have to be actively loading. If you have to put items away, you must move your vehicle to a legal parking space
  • you can be issued with a penalty charge notice at night, on Sundays and on bank holidays
  • on-street pay and display tickets cannot be used in car parks and vice-versa
  • blue badge users can park for up to three hours on a single or double yellow line where there are no kerb ticks in operation. A parking clock with the correct time of arrival must be displayed
  • you cannot park illegally to talk on the phone, go to the toilet, pop to the bank or buy your lunch
  • our civil enforcement officers record all vehicle registrations when checking a time-limited parking area. They will only issue a fine if your vehicle breaches the time restrictions
  • on-street pay and display restrictions apply from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. Other restrictions, such as loading bays and yellow lines, still apply outside of these times
  • no new restrictions were put in place when we took over civil parking enforcement from the police.