Drivers in England warned to 'avoid' roads with yellow zig-zag lines on them

Drivers have been warned to stay clear of roads with yellow and white zig-zag lines. The meaning of yellow zig-zag lines on the road have been revealed - as drivers and motorists across the UK are warned that they CAN be fined for parking on them.

The general rule is no, you cannot. Yellow and white zig-zag road markings indicate that parking is prohibited. So, in doing so, you are risking both a fine and penalty points. Yellow zig-zag lines need a sign to be legally enforceable - but white zig-zags are enforced by councils and the local police.

Yellow zig-zags that have a sign in place are a civil matter – not a criminal one. The Metropolitan Police's website explains: "Most school entrances and exits in the UK have yellow zig-zag road markings with the writing ‘School Keep Clear’.

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"Zig-zags can also be found at entrances and exits of hospitals, fire stations, police stations and ambulance stations. They indicate the part of the road where motorists should not wait, stop, or park a vehicle. Sometimes there may be an accompanying sign that shows specific times when these restrictions are in place.

"Motorists are legally allowed to park on the zigzags outside of these hours." The Highway Code states: "The times at which the restrictions apply for other road markings are shown on nearby plates or on entry signs to controlled parking zones.

"If no days are shown on the signs, the restrictions are in force every day including Sundays and Bank Holidays." Once issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) you will be expected to pay a penalty charge of £130 for a serious parking offence or £40-80 for a less serious offence - although this can vary by council.

You can reduce your fine by paying within 14-days. Fines can vary depending on location, but stopping in a restricted area outside a school will generally result in a higher fine. Police enforced fines generally fall between £50 and £100, while penalty charges issued by local authorities are usually either £50 or £70.