Finding a parking space can be hard enough without worrying about restrictions that might come with it.

Do you know the difference between double and single yellow lines? Can you park in a permit area without a permit?

To make things simple here are 18 places you absolutely cannot park:

Is it illegal for someone to park outside my house?

Bad news for residents, but good for drivers, it is legal to park outside someone's house, providing the vehicle isn't blocking a driveway or a wheel is over a dropped kerb.

What about people parking on my driveway without permission?

It would be pretty strange for someone to park on your driveway without your permission and technically it is classed as trespassing.

But this is a civil, not a criminal offence and therefore police won't view it as a top priority.

What if a vehicle is blocking my driveway?

Councils are also to issue fines if a car blocks your driveway and vehicles can also be ticketed, even if they aren't fully blocking it.

According to the RAC, these are the places you should not park

  1. Near a school entrance (see specific section above)
  2. Anywhere that would prevent access for emergency vehicles
  3. On a bus or tram stop, or a taxi rank
  4. On the approach to a level crossing
  5. Opposite or within 32 feet of a junction, except in an authorised parking bay
  6. Near the brow of a hill or humpback bridge
  7. Opposite a traffic island or another parked vehicle (if it causes an obstruction)
  8. Where you would force another vehicle to enter a tram lane
  9. Where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair and mobility vehicle users
  10. In front of an entrance to a property
  11. On a bend
  12. Where you would obstruct a cycle lane
  13. A tram or cycle lane during its period of operation
  14. A cycle track
  15. A pedestrian crossing, including the area marked by the zig-zag lines
  16. On the carriageway or the hard shoulder of a motorway (except in an emergency)
  17. Taxi bays (as directed by the upright signs and road markings)
  18. A road marked with central double white lines, even if a broken white line is on your side of the road, except for dropping off, picking up, loading or unloading