LOADING bays are handy if you just need to quickly grab something or drop something.
However, motorists often use them as parking spots for which they are not intended.
Can I be fined for parking in the cargo hold?
The loading bay is used to load or unload cargo from a vehicle.
They are commonly used by delivery drivers when they are delivering to establishments.
They are usually outlined with yellow or white dotted lines and will say ‘Load Only’.
Parking bays may not be used unless a sign indicates that the location can be used for parking and at what times.
If the location is used for parking and the sign says ‘Line up only’, you run the risk of being fined.
Penalties may vary, depending on your local council parking laws.
In London they will fine you £130 but can cut it in half to £65 if paid within two weeks.
Who can stop in a loading bay?
Anyone can stop in the loading bay, as long as it is used for the right purposes.
Some cargo bays may be assigned to cargo trucks, so stay away from these if you’re in a car.
If you are using a stowage bay, you have 20 minutes to load and unload.
The time allowed for the truck to unload is a little longer, 40 minutes, but the loading and unloading must take place continuously.
If you fail to load or unload consistently, you may also be at risk of fines.
Can I park in a cargo hold overnight?
Test any sign around the loading bay to see if it’s possible to park there overnight.
Some will have a queue-only sign from 8am to 6pm, then a sign underneath that says parking from 6pm to 8am.
There are no general rules for parking in loading bays and you should always check with your council.
Drivers ended up paying fines for parking in unmarked cargo holds that said they could do so.
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