Road Markings and Signage - Yellow Lines

All road markings on the highway in Rhondda Cynon Taf must be authorised and laid by the Council.

Yellow Lines

Yellow lines are provided where there is a need to restrict parking to help alleviate traffic flow and to prevent obstructions on the highway. However, dangerous or obstructive parking can be dealt with by the Police under their existing powers, and members of the public with concerns about such issues should also consider contacting their local police station for advice and assistance.

There are two types of yellow lines in use on the UK’s roads:

  • Double lines usually mark lengths of road where there is no waiting at any time. Where the lines apply ‘at any time’ there is no longer a need to provide a supplementary plate with the lines. However in exceptional circumstances, the lines can have effect during part of the year (such as during the summer months at a tourist resort) and supplementary plates fixed to lighting columns or posts will indicate the period when the lines are in force.
  • Single lines usually indicate a shorter period of restriction such as 8 am – 6 pm. Supplementary plates will show the actual times and days when the lines are in force.

Although painted on the road, yellow lines apply to both the road and pavement (on the side which they are painted).

Loading restrictions are shown by yellow markings on the kerb and the times of the restriction are shown on supplementary plates.

The Highway Code| gives examples of the lines in normal use.

White Lines

White lines on the road are provided to help road users by giving different types of information or instruction about lane use and directions.

Road markings are classified as signs and are an important aide to safety by giving directions, providing information or instructing drivers. Longitudinal markings inform and warn road users of approaching situations that will require them to take some form of action, i.e. double white lines - do not cross, or lane markings to guide motorists and help in selecting destinations.

Transverse lines also give instruction (i.e. stop or give way).

The Highway Code| gives examples of the lines in normal use and their associated rules.

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