You can request yellow lines or keep clear markings if there are regular obstructions or if vehicles cannot access a street on multiple occasions.

Road users who do not comply with them may commit a traffic offence.

Yellow lines

We need to issue a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to paint new yellow lines or extend an existing section.

Creating a TRO often takes more than a year. During this process we must discuss it with other bodies like the emergency services.

Proposal consultations

There are 2 stages of consultations (informal and statutory) to advertise the proposals so that people can provide comments or support or object to the proposal.

We are currently reviewing the way these schemes are managed due to the number of restriction reviews underway and because of the time and resources needed.

New schemes

We are not starting anymore new schemes until the ongoing schemes have been completed. This is likely to be by the end of the 2023 to 2024 financial year.  

Except in exceptional evidenced circumstances, any new schemes will focus on roads where there is evidence that serious obstruction occurs on a regular basis (for example, a waste vehicle being unable to access a street on multiple occasions).

We only have the resource to progress a very limited number of waiting restriction schemes each financial year.

How to request new yellow lines

You can make a proposal for yellow lines if:

  • you think there is a good case for a specific location because parking is causing an obstruction on a regular basis
  • you have evidence to support this

First you need to contact your local ward councillor to gain support for your proposal.

Once you have written support from your local councillor you can read our application notes.

Then fill in the request form and email it to and copy in (cc) your local councillor email address.

Evidence needed

You must include:

  • evidence of support from your local ward councillor (for example, email correspondence)
  • evidence of the regular obstruction (photos of this taking place)

We will not accept forms that are submitted without these.

What happens next

If accepted a scheme will be added to the priority list as an implementation scheme.

The local transport priority list of scored and costed implementation schemes records all the schemes justified and competing for implementation in our ongoing capital programme each year.

You can find out more about the local transport priority list process.

Keep clear markings

We will consider all requests for keep clear road markings carefully. However we will only introduce markings in places where they are likely to be most effective.

When keep clear markings will be considered

Keep clear markings will only be considered where at least one of the following applies:

  • it may not be obvious that vehicle access is required
  • emergency vehicles or service vehicles have had access problems
  • there is an identified injury accident problem
  • parked vehicles obstruct pedestrian crossing points
  • at junctions where visibility is reduced

When we do not use keep clear markings

We do not provide keep clear markings to control parking across private driveways.

Markings already in place will not be refreshed or maintained. This is because of concerns that drivers will not respect these markings if there are too many of them.

Introducing keep clear markings in one place often moves the parking problem to another unsuitable location.

How to request keep clear markings

You can submit a request using the contact details on this page.

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