Saturday, 10 November 2012

Yellow lines

I had a revelation the other day.  I've been such a fool!  For years, I had misunderstood the significance of the single and double yellow lines we see painted down the side of the road in the UK.

I had thought that a single yellow line meant "No waiting or parking during the hours indicated on that sign over there", and that a double yellow line meant "No, really, you mustn't stop or park here AT ALL".

But, I've been watching what everyone else is doing and, when you think about it, it's obvious.  The clue is in the colour. One line means, "You can park here, so long as you have one indicator flashing", and two lines mean, "You can park here, so long as you have both indicators flashing".  Simple!


Martyn Cornell said...

"Mummy, why is that man photographing the road?"

Mike C. said...


Well, as dear Oscar Wilde put it, "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking in the gutter". No, that's not quite right, is it?