Loading restrictions on a particular part of the road prohibit parking even for loading or unloading. The times of the loading restriction are shown by the black on white plate signs and also by kerb markings ('blips') which are explained below. The times of the loading and unloading restriction may not necessarily be the same as the parking restriction for that road.
Any vehicle, including vehicles showing a Disabled Person’s Blue Badge, may get a Penalty Charge Notice if parked on a loading or unloading restriction during the time of restriction or at any time if there is an ‘at any time’ restriction in force.
If there are no kerb blips, you can load and unload on a single or double yellow line for a maximum period of 40 minutes at any time.
If there is a single kerb blip, you may not load or unload during the time the restriction is in force but outside the time of restriction you can load and unload for a maximum period of 40 minutes.
If you are loading and unloading within a Controlled Parking Zone remember that the single yellow line restrictions carry the hours of control for that particular zone. Within a Controlled Parking Zone, if necessary, you can load and unload without charge on a Meter, Pay and Display, Shared-Use, Residents or Permit Parking Bay but you are restricted to a maximum period of 20 minutes within the hours of control. There are no time limits on Meter, Pay and Display, Shared-Use or Permit Parking Bays outside the hours of control.
If you are parked in a Meter, Pay and Display or Shared Use bay during the hours of control you must after 20 minutes either move your vehicle or pay the appropriate charge for that parking place.
If you are parked in a Residents or Permit Parking Bay during the hours of control then you must after 20 minutes, move your vehicle or relocate it to either a Meter, Pay and Display or Shared Use bay and pay the appropriate charge.
Loading and unloading should be a continuous operation. It should be obvious to a Civil Enforcement Officer (formerly known as parking attendants) that the vehicle is engaged in legitimate loading and unloading and that the goods are either too big or too heavy to be carried for any distance. If you are using a car and not a vehicle specifically constructed to carry goods, then the loading must be necessary and not convenient and the goods must be too large to carry.
The restrictions are also indicated by yellow markings (kerb blips) painted at right angles to the kerb. Below are examples of kerb blips.
Loading bays are generally reserved for large commercial vehicles that are actively engaged in loading or unloading. The days and hours that restrictions apply are shown on the adjacent sign plates.
Go to the links below for a list of all loading bays in the borough and also for a map showing the location of all loading bays within Kingston Town Centre.