How and where to park legally

Parking incorrectly, such as on double and single yellow lines, in a bus lane, across cycle lanes or in residents' parking bays, even for a few minutes, can cause inconvenience and even danger to other road users and pedestrians. Devon County Council and the District Councils hope that by enforcing parking regulations motorists will be more inclined to park safely and legally reducing any danger or inconvenience placed upon road users every day.DYLRestriction sign

Following these simple rules will help you to park in a way that doesn't cause inconvenience or a danger to other members of the public and prevent you receiving a Penalty Charge Notice:

  • Always check the lines on the road and, where applicable, the signs by the side of the road, see Signs and markings image - PDF icon (701KB - pdf help)
  • Always make sure you have parked wholly within the bay markings. Over hanging sections of a vehicle may cause a hazard to other road users and may incur a PCN
  • In Loading only bays check the signs to see if bay is restricted to Goods Vehicles Only
  • Make sure that none of your vehicles wheels are resting on a yellow line(s)
  • Do not stay longer than is permitted by the signs or by the ticket you have purchased
  • Do not block entrances to private properties – dropped kerbs
  • Do not double park, or park more than 50 centimetres from a kerb or boundary
  • Do not park partially or fully on footways or pavements
  • Do not park in a way that will make it unsafe for pedestrians at dropped/raised crossing places
  • Do not park on pedestrian crossings or the white zigzag markings near to the crossing or on yellow zigzag “School Keep Clear” markings
  • Blue Badge Holders can park in Limited Waiting Bays without limit or need to display a time clock
  • Blue Badge Holders may park without charge in On-Street Pay & Display places, but charges do apply in all off-street Council owned car parks. Drivers should not exceed the maximum permitted stay time in the bay
  • Do not park on corners of junctions, or brows of hills or where yellow kerb markings exist. Blue Badge Holders are also not permitted to wait on the yellow line restrictions at these places
  • Do not park behind a double or single yellow line on a footpath or verge. This restriction applies from the kerbside to any private property boundary. You will be parking in contravention of a traffic regulation order see Traffic Orders and liable for a fine
  • In pay and display car parks always make sure you read the guidance on the signs near the entrances or terms and conditions of use at the point of payment
  • In car parks always make sure you purchase the appropriate pay and display ticket(s) and clearly display it in your window
  • Motor home owners, utility style trucks or vehicles with trailers attached should purchase sufficient tickets for the number of marked spaces their vehicle occupies either in full or part in on-street pay and display spaces. You must not use a parking space for any other purpose other than parking a vehicle.

To view maps illustrating current Waiting and Parking restrictions see Current Waiting and Parking restrictions - Traffweb

If you are unsure of where to park legally, please refer to the Highway Code - Waiting and Parking for further advice.