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Waiting and loading restrictions on yellow lines

Information about waiting and loading restrictions on yellow lines including how to make a request to park during restricted hours (parking dispensation).

Double yellow lines

Why are there waiting and loading restrictions?

Waiting and loading restrictions are used to limit parking in places where it would be unsafe to leave a vehicle for any length of time.

They help drivers and pedestrians to see at junctions and keep traffic moving.

What do they look like?

Waiting restrictions are marked by single or double yellow lines in the road, alongside the kerb.
Loading restrictions are marked by single or double yellow blips on the kerb.

You can only park on them outside of the restricted hours. However double yellow lines mean no parking at any time.

There will be time plates nearby to tell you when you can park there.


Parking dispensation

A parking dispensation allows you to wait or load on a single yellow line (or in special cases on double yellow lines).

They are usually granted for up to three months if a vehicle is needed to:
  • carry out specific work
  • be as close to the premises as possible for loading/ unloading goods and material

and no other parking is available.

How much do they cost?

Dispensations cost £50 for up to three days and £200 for three months per vehicle.

How do I apply

You must make a request for a parking dispensation in writing.

Please make sure you include the following information:
  • the precise location including street, postcode, door numbers - for example John Street, E15, outside numbers 24-26
  • how often the location will be visited
  • why the business cannot be operated outside the restricted hours.
You can email, fax 020 8430 1433 or send your request to us at the following address:
London Borough of Newham
Suspensions and Dispensations
PO Box 62484
E16 9AU
We will need at least 10 working days to process your request.
If you need to discuss the matter further, contact us on 020 8430 2000.

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