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What do the white zigzag lines on the road mean?

While driving, I’m sure we’ve all noticed at some point white zigzag lines marked on the road.

But what do they mean and can I be fined for parking on them? Let’s find out together.

Parking on a white zig-zag can result in a hefty fine

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Parking on a white zig-zag can result in a hefty fineCredit: Alamy

What does the white zig-zag mean?

White zigzag line Usually found on either side of a pedestrian crossing.

They point out that parking and overtaking in these areas is strictly prohibited.

They were placed on either side of the Zebra intersection in 1971, then they were added to the Pelican intersection much later in the 1980s.

Same goes for yellow zig-zags, found outside schools, hospitals, police and fire stations.

Their purpose is to provide pedestrians, children and staff with a clear, unobstructed view of the road ahead.

The white zig-zag is enforced 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and no parking signs are required.

Unlike the yellow zig-zag, there is no exception when stopping on the white zig-zag.

Can I be fined for parking on a zigzag white street?

You risk being fined and receiving penalty points when parking on a white or yellow zigzag, but a yellow zigzag requires accompanying signage to be valid.

On the other hand, white lines are enforced by local authorities and police, and they don’t need to have signs to be enforceable.

Parking on a white zigzag road is especially difficult to contest a given penalty. Some exceptions are made.

Disputes over fines can result in tickets being canceled if stopped for an emergency such as helping an injured person.

How much is the parking fine?

Since parking on white zigzags puts pedestrians at risk, police will almost always issue a Fixed Penalty Notice without exception.

The FPN issued by the police is £100 with 3 penalty points. If you refuse, you can take the matter to court.

If the money is received within the first 14 days, drivers only have to pay half the fine.

After these two weeks, the driver will lose his right to a reduced penalty fee.

Notice the penalty fee increases by 50% if the driver does not pay in time.

Ten things you should know as a car owner

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/uknews/17159872/white-zig-zags-on-road/ What do the white zigzag lines on the road mean?

Caroline Bleakley

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