Street parking - restrictions
Civil Enforcement Officers assist in the enforcement of the
following restrictions except where stated, the regulations
included within parking enforcement are:
No Waiting at any time/ Double Yellow Line
Double yellow lines mean that parking is restricted 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week (in other words ‘at any time’). Local
authorities are no longer required to erect a sign to
accompany an ‘at any time’ restriction.
Single Yellow Line
A single yellow line on the road means that, at some time of the
day, there will be parking restrictions and this will be indicated
on a nearby time plate. If days are not specified on the time
plate, i.e Monday - Friday, then the restriction will apply for the
hours stated every day of the week, including Sundays and Bank
Kerb Marking Loading
Loading Restrictions are shown by yellow lines on the kerb or at
the edge of the carriageway. They indicate that loading or
unloading is prohibited during the times shown on the signs.
Double yellow lines on the kerb mean no loading or unloading at any
time. A single yellow line means no loading or unloading during the
Disabled drivers displaying valid blue badges can be issued a
Penalty Charge Notice if found parked on a kerb marking
Limited Waiting Bays
Limited Waiting Bays are shown by bay markings and signs that
indicate the maximum amount of time that you may park in the
Please take note of the 'No Return' information displayed on the
sign. This means that you are not permitted to return to the
limited waiting bay within the time specified.
Civil Enforcement Officers will log all vehicles parked in
limited waiting bays to ensure that they do not return to the bay
within the specified timescale. Vehicles returning to the bay
within the specified timescale will be issued with a Penalty Charge
Loading Bays are white 'bays' marked with the words 'Loading
only' and a sign with the white on blue 'trolley' symbol. A sign
will show the times when the bay can be used and whether loading
and unloading is restricted to certain types of goods vehicles.
Vehicles may not park here if they are not loading or
The Highway Code says quite clearly: "Do not park your vehicle
or trailer on the road where it would endanger, inconvenience or
obstruct pedestrians or other road users. For example, do not stop
at or near a bus stop or taxi rank."
Stopping and parking are never allowed at bus stops where there
is a large yellow bay with a wide yellow clearway line marking
throughout. There will be a sign at the bus stop stating
that stopping is not allowed at any time.
Kent County Council are responsible for the
maintenance of bus stops.
Taxi Bays - Only a Maidstone Borough Council Hackney
carraige licensed vehicle may park within a Taxi Rank or bay
during its period of operation. The period of operation will be
shown on the adjoining signage.
Residents Parking Bays
The Residents Parking Scheme operates in areas where there
is increasing competition for on-street parking spaces and where
local residents have limited off-street parking facilities of their
The Council will provide increased enforcement and action
against non-permit holders, reducing abuse of residents' parking
areas resulting in increased availability of spaces for residents.
For information on which areas are covered by the Residents Parking
Scheme, costs involved and who are eligible for permits please
visit our Street Parking
School Keep Clear
Inconsiderate parking by parents delivering and collecting their
children to and from school is a widespread problem and one which
is particularly intractable. Parents rarely leave or move far from
their vehicles and in these circumstances conventional parking
restrictions may have little or no effect.
The purpose of providing School Keep Clear markings is to keep
the space outside of schools free from parked vehicles so that
children can be seen more easily when crossing the road.
Kent County Council are responsible for the maintenance of
'School Keep Clear' markings and they are only enforceable where a
Traffic Regulation Order and signage denoting the times of
restriction are in place.
Prohibition of Footway or Verge Parking
Parking on verges and footways can cause many problems,
- Obstructing vulnerable road users who use the verge or
- Obstructing road users entering and leaving properties
- Reducing visibility at junctions
- Causing environmental damage and appears unsightly,
particularly during adverse weather
Council have the power to enforce pavement parking only
within the Bicknor Road, Bell Road and Wallis
Avenue areas within Parkwood.
Where a prohibition of footway or verge parking order is not in
place, then parking restrictions could be used to enforce pavement
parking as they cover from the boundary of a property to the centre
of the highway.
Police Enforcement of illegal obstruction
Kent Police are responsible for the enforcement of illegal
obstruction of the highway. This can cause difficulties such as
preventing access for emergency vehicles and this could result in
the vehicle causing the obstruction being towed away.
Where there are not any parking restrictions in place but an
obstruction to an access point or to the highway is occurring, then
you would need to contact the Police. You can find further
information on the
Kent Police website.
Please note: In some roads within the borough,
prohibition of verge parking signs relating to Section 86 of The
County of Kent Act 1981 exists and this is only enforceable by Kent
County Council, Maidstone Borough Council have no authority over
Penalty Enforcement Process
PCN Contravention Codes
For information about Parking and Traffic Regulations outside
London please visit the PATROL website and
for further assistance with general parking requirements from the
Highway Code please visit the