Waiting and loading restrictions

Waiting and loading restrictions can be introduced to restrict when vehicles can wait, load and unload, limit the length of stay or prevent waiting altogether.

These restrictions help improve the flow of traffic and prevent obstructions on the road. They either:

  • limit the length of stay (thin intermittent white lines with a sign stating the permitted parking time)
  • prevent waiting at any time (double yellow lines)
  • prevent waiting at certain times of the day or certain days of the week (shown on a sign next to the yellow lines)

There are some exemption for Blue Badge holders.

For further guidance see our road markings guide (PDF, 708 KB).

Reporting a problem

You can report a missing or faded waiting and loading restrictions, or request new ones, quickly and easily online using our Highways Reporting Tool.

Enforcement

We're not able to enforce waiting and loading restrictions.

This is the responsibility of the Suffolk Police or traffic wardens. Parking in Ipswich is enforced by Ipswich Borough Council.

You can read more on our parking enforcement page.

Traffic Regulation Orders

Waiting and loading restrictions are introduced through a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) which is part of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984.

A TRO needs consultation from all interested parties including borough, district, parish and town councils, and Suffolk Police. It is then advertised in the local press and public notices are posted on-site.

Feedback from this consultation is considered by our Development and Regulation Committee and if approved, signs and markings are put on site when the TRO comes into force.

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