Information about the types of markings, what they mean and how they are enforced.

We provide yellow line waiting restrictions to manage parking facilities, help traffic flow and prevent obstructions.

They apply to the road, pavement, verge and layby. Types of yellow line road markings include:

Type of marking

What does this road marking mean?

What do they look like?

Double yellow lines

Indicate no waiting at any time.

There are exceptions to this and adjacent road signs will tell you what the restrictions are.

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Single yellow line

Indicate limited waiting. No waiting is permitted at the times shown on the accompanying signs.

Please refer to adjacent sign for days and times of operation. Where the yellow plate does not indicate the days of the week, the restrictions apply at the same times every day, including Sunday.

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Loading restrictions - kerb side markings

Double kerb markings indicate no loading at any time.

Single kerb markings indicate no loading at the times shown on the accompanying sign.

Blue badge holders are not allowed to park where loading restrictions apply.

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Yellow line enforcement

Enforcement of on and off-street parking is carried out on our behalf and on behalf of the respective district council by:

  • Scarborough Borough Council in the Hambleton, Ryedale, Richmondshire, and Scarborough areas; and by
  • Harrogate Borough Council in the Craven, Harrogate and Selby areas.

There will be no clamping or removal of vehicles by either council. 

For offences not directly related to yellow lines, such as obstruction of the road, these are dealt with by North Yorkshire Police. Please telephone 101 to report this type of offence.

Frequently asked questions

Yellow lines are introduced for good reasons, and you can help to assist road safety and to keep traffic moving by observing them.

However, some exemptions may apply, for example:

  • to allow passengers to be picked up and set down (unless the road markings indicate that you cannot);
  • to allow vehicles to park for a short time so that anything which cannot be conveniently carried by hand can be loaded or unloaded (unless the road markings indicate that you cannot); and
  • provided that there are no kerb markings that indicate a loading restriction on a section of yellow line and it is safe to do so, disabled blue badge holders may park for a maximum of three hours on single or double yellow lines. Drivers are however asked to be considerate to other users and not park where they might cause an obstruction and preferably utilise any adjacent parking bays.

Yellow lines can only be provided in conjunction with a traffic regulation order. This can take up to six months if there are no objections or longer depending on consultations and objections. Requests for new yellow lines or extensions to existing ones are then prioritised based on safety issues and the severity of the issues investigated.

Existing yellow lines and waiting restrictions will only be removed following a statutory legal process if circumstances relating to the road have changed and a traffic regulation order is no longer required.

You can find out more about requesting highways improvements such as new yellow lines here.