Drivers face £1,000 fine and risk being 'written off' for parking the wrong way at night


If motorists leave their vehicles facing against the direction of traffic they could be fined up to £1,000. According to the Highway Code, drivers must park the same way as the flow of traffic at night if a marked parking space is not being used.

The rule is not very well-known among UK motorists, who could be at risk of being issued with a hefty fine if caught.

The rule is meant to stop drivers from parking facing the traffic in unlit roads, as this could lead to serious accidents.

According to, vehicles parked the wrong way at night are totally in darkness to drivers passing by would struggle to see them properly.

Rule 248 in the Highway Code states: “You must not park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space.”

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This is because when a car is parked against that traffic flow, there’s no indication to catch the headlights of an approaching vehicle, and therefore, your car may be a potential hazard to the road.

A spokesperson said: “Motors parked the correct way would be visible and illuminated by headlights bouncing off the rear reflectors.

“We’ve dealt with cars that have been written off due to a passing car crashing into them as they have partly stuck out from a parking space.”

During the day it is not an issue, but as soon as it goes dark drivers risk being fined for breaking the rules.

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A double yellow line parking fine is usually £70 and is reduced by 50 percent if paid within 14 days. This, however, may vary depending on the local authority.

A single yellow line – either painted on the road or on the kerb – means no waiting, parking, loading or unloading at the times shown on the accompanying sign.

The restrictions tend to be lifted during evenings and weekends, but drivers were urged to check the sign before parking.

The same as on double yellow lines, Blue Badge holders can park on single lines for a maximum of three hours, providing there isn’t signage to say otherwise, it is safe to do so and it is not causing an obstruction for other drivers.

In some cases, red lines are used instead of yellow lines.

In London, the double and single red lines used on Red Routes indicate that stopping to park, load, unload, or to board and alight from a vehicle is prohibited, except for licensed taxis and Blue Badge holders.

The times that the red line restrictions apply will be shown on nearby signs, but a double red line means no stopping at any time.


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