Can I be fined for parking my car on double yellow lines if it breaks down?

YOU must be really unlucky if your car breaks down on double yellow lines, but it can happen.

Here’s what you need to know about double yellow line parking fines, even if your car breaks down.

“No Parking” traffic signs run along the edge of a city road, also marked with and double yellow lines. Belfast, Northern Ireland.


“No Parking” traffic signs run along the edge of a city road, also marked with and double yellow lines. Belfast, Northern Ireland.Photo credit: Getty

Can I be fined for parking on double yellow lines?

The Highway Code states that a driver may not stop, park or wait for any length of time on double yellow lines.

If they do so, they face hefty fines.

However, there are a few exceptions if you are only stopping for a short time.

These apply to drivers picking up or dropping someone off, as well as blue badge holders for up to three hours.

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What if I got stuck on double yellow lines?

If you break down and are forced to drive on double yellow lines, you may not be protected by the law.

RAC Breakdown spokesman Simon Williams said: “Technically, a stalled vehicle on double yellow lines is in violation of parking regulations and a fine could be issued.

“But since yellow lines are generally hand-issued, it is unlikely that a driver will even get a ticket from a civil law enforcement officer as long as they are with the car and can clearly explain why they are stuck.

“Enforcement officers are usually very suspicious of notes on cars saying they are broken.

“Drivers should always endeavor to move their vehicles away from double yellow lines.”

Not every advice is likely to fine you if you find safety on a double yellow.

Motorists are advised to stop immediately and find a safe place if their car breaks down.

And according to Brighton & Hove City Council, if you’re hit with one, you stand a good chance of appealing a penalty fee.

But you have to provide evidence that you actually collapsed.

The council’s website states: “If a broken-down vehicle is found to be in violation of parking regulations, a fine may be issued.

“If you are appealing, please provide supporting evidence such as a shop receipt, salvage receipt, or parts receipt to support your appeal.”

Ultimately though, it’s up to the relevant council to fine you if they want to – the rules can be stricter depending on where you break down.

The AA advises, “With double yellow lines, it’s best to assume you can’t park there at any time.”

If you decide to dispute your parking ticket, do not pay it.

Once you have paid, you cannot object.

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Can I park on a single yellow line?

Parking on single yellow lines is not possible during the control times set by the municipal administration of the area where you park.

For Westminster, for example, you cannot park on a single yellow line Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 6.30pm.

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Outside of these hours, unless otherwise indicated by curb signs, you can park whenever you want on a single yellow line.

You can see the control hours on large signs as you enter the Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) or they will put up roadside signs to show the times.

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