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What are Red Routes and Their Significance?

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Most of us are familiar with the white and yellow lines; however, not all of us are familiar with the red lines, also known as red routes.

Red routes were introduced in 1991 to help reduce traffic congestion in the city. Red routes are significant in the urban UK, indicating that the law strictly prohibits stopping, loading or unloading. These lines are either single or double, painted alongside the kerb. The areas may include airports and hospitals to help maintain a good traffic flow.

What is the Importance of Red Route?

  • Red routes are vital in busy areas like London to stop motorists from obstructing the traffic flow.

  • Red routes are designed for these areas so emergency vehicles like ambulances can get through without a hitch and being held up in the traffic for long.

What Can You Do on a Red Route?

  • Motorists cannot stop or alight while driving on a red route.

  • Red lines are drawn on the verge, carriageway or pavement, and parking on the red route will be violating and breaking traffic laws.

  • Moreover, times, duration and purposes are mentioned on an upright sign stating when motorists can park.

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Rules Regarding Red Routes

Parking on Double Red Lines

  • No one is allowed to haul, wait, alight, load or unload from their vehicles on red route double red lines except for a few.

  • Only licensed taxis can drop off and pick up passengers on double red lines.

  • Furthermore, blue badge holders are permitted to help a disabled person sit down and pick up.

  • Violating the law means you will be charged more than £100.

Parking on Single Red Lines

  • Motorists can park on red single lines outside the allotted time displayed on the sign board.

  • One is allowed to park overnight – 7 pm through 7 am – and throughout Sunday.

  • In case restrictions are to be imposed, they will be applied to the whole road; otherwise, restriction times are written on the sign.

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Disabled Parking

  • A driver holding a blue badge can park and help disabled persons only.

Red Route PCN

  • PCN stands for Penalty Charge Notices.

  • It is issued to the motorist if they violate or do not adhere to the law.

  • The rules are upheld strictly across the city.

  • Thousands of PCNs are issued to motorists for breaking the law via CCTV alone. 

  • Besides CCTV, the council’s parking attendant and police traffic wardens also issue PCN tickets.

Parking Fines

  • Red route parking fine ranges from £100- £200.

  • And if the fine is paid before the due date, a discount will also apply.

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Red Route Signs

  • In the UK, some roads do not have road markings; only upright signs are placed.·

  • These areas are marked as “red route clearways”.

  • This means that stopping your vehicle for any purpose is prohibited except the marked lay-bys.

  • In some areas, a clearway is imposed for 24 hours; otherwise, one can only stop on the verge and the footpath.

  • Furthermore, those entering the area from the side junction will see red junction lines indicating they are entering the red route area.


  • Parking bays are drawn on the roads in certain areas for loading and parking.

  • These are marked and drawn with broken red or white lines.

  • The conditions applied to each parking bay are indicated on an upright sign.



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