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On the road
Parking on the road is slightly more obvious in terms of where you can and can’t park however there are still some grey areas, which is why we’ve broken it down.
Yellow and red lines – there are no standardised rules when it comes to single red and yellow lines. You can sometimes park on single lines but the times when you’re allowed to changes. You should always check road signs to see when you’re allowed to park.
And if they’re double red or yellow lines, don’t even think about it.
Bank holidays – contrary to popular belief, you can’t park anywhere you want on a bank holiday. You should always check on the relevant council website to see where you can park legally.
Pay and Display – continuing the vague parking theme, you can park in some pay and display spots and not in others, again there’s no hard and fast rule.
If you can park your motorbike in a pay and display zone, it will say so on the pay and display meter. And it may be free for motorcycles as well because pay and display tickets can go missing.
Specialist bays – unless you are with a child (which presumably you are not as you’re on a motorbike) or have a blue disabled badge, you can’t park in disabled or parent and child parking bays.
Similarly, if you’re not a resident you can’t park in a residents’ parking bay.
Another useful parking solution and another confusing motorbike parking issue is the use of bicycle parking bollards and stanchions. In some local authorities and councils, the use of bicycle bays for motorbike parking is allowed however in many others it isn’t.
This is normally because these bicycle bays are on footpaths and pavements where there are double yellow lines on the nearest road. That means motorbikes are not allowed to be ridden on the pavement and to access the bays you would need to wheel your bike across a prohibited area.
However, there is no specific law preventing motorcycle riders from securing their vehicle in bicycle parking areas, unless you prevent cyclists from using these facilities.