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is parking on a broken double yellow line illegal?
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i'm sure i saw something on tv ages ago about a bloke who parks on broken double yellows and always photographs them because unless they are completely unbroken AND have a bar at the end of them, they are totally obsolete. apparently he'd got off loads of fines because of this technicality.
(please, don't hold me responsible if you try this and don't get away with it!)
Depends on how broken they were. If we're talking gaps equal to car lengths then you may have a case but if they are small sections then unlikely. The lines should have and end bar but this can often be several roads away so you'll to follow the line to its end (both ways). You'll need to ignore any bays along the way as the lines will run 'underneath' (though not actually painted) the bay restrictions.
Frankly I think this is stupid why people can't just own up to their mistakes beats me.
Grunty depends on what the lines are. Double yellows aren't required to have any signage. Though if there is also loading restrictions these will need to be signed and also the kerb should be marked with single or double kerb marking.
When these kind of things are actually considered in court or at adjudication common sense normally prevails, a small section of missing line would not invalidate the line. Imagine a 20 mile stretch of road with double yellows and a 1cm section is missing, you wouldn't invalidate the lines as that would be plain stupid.
Again it boils down to people parking where they know they shouldn't but trying to weedle out of it by finding the most obscure technicalities possible.
IF YOUR CAR WHEELS FIT BETWEEN THE BREAK IN THE LINES THEN YOU WILL GET OFF WITH THE FINE 100%, UN-CLEAR ROAD MARKINGS,
oh and just a little tip for you? when a row of parking bays/pay and display is split into single spaces with white road marking, there has to be double white line at both ends of the bay, if the bay is long without the marking then there has to be just a single line ending the row of bays!,,,, your be surprised with how many your find :)
The quickest answer is: Don't bother trying!
The fact that the road repairs had broken the double yellow lines does not detract from the waiting restriction signs stating "At No Time" This also applies for times when the entire road has been re-surfaced and no road-markings are visible. The sign represents the local councils parking policy and they are lawful. Best bet is to pay the fine and not park there again.