Loading and unloading

Where can you stop and for how long?

If you want to load or unload a vehicle, some of the usual parking restrictions do not apply for a certain time period. 

You can load or unload a personal or commercial vehicle:

  • for up to 40 minutes on a single or double yellow line at any time unless there are yellow kerb markings (indicating a load ban or loading restriction)
  • for up to 20 minutes in a bay that usually requires a resident’s permit, a business permit or a pay and display ticket

Commercial vehicles can also load and unload in loading bays.

You MUST be clearly loading or unloading a vehicle to avoid a penalty notice.

Find out what counts as loading, more details on kerb marks and loading restrictions and further information on where you can park if you want to deliver or collect items on the London Councils website.