Single or double yellow lines indicate that a waiting restriction is in force. There is little difference in the meaning of double and single lines except that double lines imply that waiting restrictions are in force for longer periods.
Double yellow lines indicate no waiting at any time of the day, any day of the week.
There is no requirement to sign double yellow lines, which indicates that the waiting restriction is “at any time”. Some streets will have these signs whereas some will not, but as signs are vandalised they will not be replaced.
A single yellow line is usually no waiting between 8.00am – 6.00pm, Monday to Saturday. However, this can vary and you must check the small yellow plates before leaving your car to ensure that you are not contravening the regulations. It is important to note that if there are no days indicated on the signs then the restrictions are in force every day including Sundays and Bank Holidays.
As the term suggests you must not wait on a waiting restriction (yellow lines), however, you are allowed to briefly pick up and set down passengers. Stopping on yellow lines is permitted for vehicles engaged in the continuous loading and unloading of unwieldy and heavy goods.