The Department for Transport is encouraging councils to minimise the use of yellow lines.

October 03, 2013

The Department for Transport is encouraging councils to “rid the streets of clutter” by minimising the use of yellow lines. Why? Because some people claim that they look unsightly, particularly on narrow streets where the lines on opposing sides sit close together. Furthermore, some look uneven on traditional cobbled streets. Yellow lines can be replaced with restricted parking zone signs that are less intrusive (arguably). However, it could be claimed that these are harder to see than lines - particularly on dark/wet nights. This could increase the number of people that accidentally park in restricted zones. Despite this, several councils throughout the country now favour signs where practical. These include: Cheshire East Council, Cornwall, Slough, Warwickshire and Suffolk and Nottingham. Furthermore, the Government is considering allowing motorists to park on any remaining double-yellow lines in an effort to boost high street sales. This proposal – which comes from the Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles – would create a fifteen minute “grace period” for people to park close to shops without charge. Short overstays in traditional parking spaces might be overlooked too. These changes could attract the type of motorist that is currently put-off by inconvenient and expensive parking, plus the threat of inflexible traffic wardens.

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