You can stay on a red line longer than you think

LONDON’s red lines are there to keep traffic moving safely and help fight congestion in the city.

Parking is allowed on some roads, and the rules for how long you can stay there may be different from what motorists think.

Always check the road signs on the red route


Always check the road signs on the red routeCredit: Alamy

The red lines on the road are only for red routes operated by Transport For London (TfL).

The red lines are London’s main thoroughfares, which carry more than 30% of the city’s traffic, even though they make up only 5% of the capital’s road length.

Routes have their own set of road rules issued by TfL.

Like all roads in the UK network, the lines on the left-hand side will indicate if you can park there.

Single red line means vehicles are allowed to stop there, but only at certain time of day.

If you’re looking to stop on a single red line, there’s a sign nearby telling you when you can park there and for how long.

This means you can’t just leave your car on the road for a day and come back anytime you want.

Some roads may allow you to park there all day on Sundays, but this is not a general rule and you should always double-check the signs.

Make sure you keep the timeframe in mind and move the car when the time is up.

You may also come across squares on the road with red lines, some red and some white ones.

If the box is red, it “indicates that it may only be available for the specified purpose for part of the day (e.g., between busy peak periods)” according to website.

If a box is white, it means it is available at specific times of the day.

Again, check the local road signs for the rules around red and white boxes.

Can I get a fine for parking on a red street?

There may be a penalty for parking on roads with red lines.

Roads with two red lines mean there is no parking on these roads, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Even if the road is quiet, you should not park there.

Parking on red, double-red lines can result in a penalty with a Penalty Notice Fee (PCN) of £160.

This amount has been increased from £130 on January 17, 2022.

If the fine is paid within 14 to 21 days, the exact timeframe will be indicated on the PCN, which will drop to £80.

Parking on a single red line can also land you a fine.

Failure to comply with local signs when parking could result in a fine.

Elsewhere, motorists should be aware of new Highway Code rules coming into force, with new regulations affecting Walker and biker.

Plus, a parking expert gives The Sun their top tips for Avoid parking fines.

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