Pay & Display parking bays

Motorists are allowed to park in parking space designated ‘Pay and Display’ up to the time purchased, indicated on the pay and display ticket. You must ensure the pay and display ticket is clearly displayed in your vehicle. Even if you think that the ticket is in a clearly visible position you must make sure that you can clearly see the ticket after you have closed your vehicle door. The ticket could be partially obscured by your tax disc for example. Even wind from the door closing or vibrations from the door closing could dislodge the pay and display ticket and cause it to move into a position that means it is unable to be read properly.

When your pay and display ticket has expired, i.e. the time that is printed on your ticket has been and gone then you must leave the parking space. You cannot return within the time period shown on the ticket machine or signs. For example the ticket machine and sings may say “No Return within 2 Hours”. This means that you may not re-park your vehicle in the same set of bays until 2 hours has elapsed since you left your parking space.

Meter Feeding; Purchasing and displaying another pay and display ticket without leaving the parking space for the required period is not permitted.


Examples of Pay & Display parking signs.

Parking duration is limited to maximum period shown on ticket machine and parking signs

Pay and Display parking sign

Designated Parking Bay

Pay and Display Parking Bay

Parking bays for specific users

Always display the correct ticket, voucher, permit or badge to park in a parking bay

Parking in some bays is restricted to only certain users.

For example some bays are reserved for local residents. This is usually because too many motorists are visiting the local area for shopping, sporting events etc. and the local residents find it hard to park near their houses. Other bays may be reserved for motorists doing certain jobs like doctors or nurses.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are entitled to parking in a bay.

Examples of parking bay signs.

Parking restricted to permit holders only

Permit Holders Only Parking Restriction Sign

Parking space reserved for named vehicles

Parking space reserved for named vehicles bay

You must not park in parking spaces reserved for specific users such as Blue Badge holders or residents, unless you are entitled to do so.

Waiting restrictions -Single yellow lines

No waiting during the times shown on the sign

The presence of single yellow lines along the edge of the road means you can’t wait during the times shown on the sign.

Dropping off or picking or up of passengers and loading or unloading of a vehicle is permitted unless there are loading restrictions in place.


Examples of Single Yellow Line and Sign

No waiting during the times shown on the sign

Allowed Waiting Times Sign

Single Yellow Line

Single Yellow Line

Urban Clearways

During the times of operation motorists should not stop for anything but a very short amount of time on an urban clearway. You may only stop for long enough to drop off or pick up passengers.

The rules for stopping on an urban clearway do not apply to lay-bys or official parking bays.