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, 158KB).

Report 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.


We are 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 

Information on Traffic Regulation Orders can be found here.


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