Can You Park On Faded Or Broken Double Yellows?

Wed 17th Nov 2021

It might be a long-held belief that drivers are legally allowed to park on faded or poorly maintained double-yellow lines, but one motorists may have found out the truth to his expensive cost.

David Lampbell from Southend in Essex began parking on double-yellow lines on a street near his home in 2016, and although he clocked up £420 in parking fines in five years, he still believes he is in the right. And speaking to The Sun has said he is now asking his local council for financial compensation for the stress they have caused him.

 "I looked at the law and it says if the double yellow line is broken then I can park on it, so I parked on it. They're completely gone,” the 39-year-old said.

"It's not about what was there. It's about what is there now.

"They used to be a little bit better but they were still broken, otherwise I wouldn't have parked there.

"The lines run round the corner from my house to a dead end road, so I'm not sure why they're there in the first place. There's almost zero traffic outside the road. It's dead.

"The council can't bend the law to suit them to get their money. I think they're just fining me to get an extra bit of cash. I don't doubt it."

However, despite David and possibly thousands of other drivers believing that broken or faded double-yellows are fair game, Southend-on-Sea Council are striking to their guns.

“Faded yellow lines do not mean that the restriction is not valid and as such PCN's can be issued,” said the council’s cabinet member for Transport, Cllr Ron Woodley.

"The issuing of PCN's is not discretionary and if a Civil Enforcement Officer feels that a vehicle is in breach of a parking laws' then a PCN may be issued.

"We cannot comment publicly on any individual's personal case.

"We encourage anyone who believes they have received a penalty charge notice unfairly to challenge it, following the instructions on their parking ticket."