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Common double white line parking mistake that could land you a £300 fine and three points on your licence


PARKING next to double white lines can get you more than just a fine and points on your licence – you could get a court date, too.

That’s what one Yorkshire driver discovered when he was slapped with a £344 fine for making the common parking error.

Parking next to double white lines can trigger legal action and points on your licence

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Parking next to double white lines can trigger legal action and points on your licenceCredit: Alamy

Double white lines in the middle of the road mean there’s a hazard – so you can’t stop or park and should be extra careful when overtaking.

According to Rule 240 of the Highway Code, if both lines are solid you cannot enter the other line under any circumstances – so overtaking is not allowed.

Parking or stopping could see you slapped with a £100 for careless driving – or much more if the police decide to take you to court.

That was the case for a South Yorkshire driver recently handed a £344 fine and three points on his licence.

The Land Rover driver mounted his vehicle on a kerb next to a set of double white lines, The Star reported.

South Yorkshire cops said: “We concentrate on the ‘higher end’ offences where there is clear danger to road users.

“Don’t park on double white lines.”

The exceptions to the rule are if you are dropping someone off or picking someone up.

You’re also allowed to stop on a road marked with double white lines if you plan to “load or unload goods”, the Highway Code adds.

But you cannot leave your vehicle on a road in a way that makes it dangerous for other drivers, Section 22 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 states.

That means police can take you to court for poor parking near double white lines – plus a three point penalty.

So it’s better to stay off the naughty list this Christmas by observing the Highway Code.

We’ve looked at the recent and future changes to UK road rules coming into place in 2022.

You can find out more about parking on double yellow lines here.

And these are The Sun’s updated winter driving tips.

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