Car park markings can be a concern to you given their legal nuisances. If you are planning to build or refurbish your car park, this guide will help you to understand the regulations in a better way.
Space and Size of Car Parking Bays
The space required will depend on the number of bays you can fit. The regulations for car park markings state that for cars it should not be smaller than 2.4mX4.8m in the UK. Additionally, you will need 6 meters for manoeuvring in off-street bays. However, if you consider the size of today’s cars, you may need a larger space. Further, you would want to consider coaches, vans, and delivery vehicles and they need even larger space. If you opt for parallel parking bays, the length of each bay should be longer than the standard. Note that white markings indicate permitted parking and yellow lines indicate no parking. If the cars can manoeuvre in and out easily in your parking space, go ahead with your plan.
Car Park Marking Lines
Car park marking lines constitute an important part of the parking regulations. These are used to distinguish different types of spaces. Single red lines, used in some parts of the UK, indicate that road traffic cannot stop or wait during the times assigned on the signs. Thus, it ensures that the space of entry is not blocked by a vehicle. Double red lines indicate no stopping or parking or even waiting. Medical emergencies are exceptions. Single yellow lines are the most common markings after standard white lines. The lines are to limit the place only for waiting to pick up passengers. Engage professional services to follow the marking regulations in a proper way.
Dedicated Parking Spaces
Generally, you should aim a 6% space to be allocated to disabled people. The regulations specify how the lines and marks are to be done effectively. The bays are usually larger with minimum dimensions of 2.4m by 12m with a 12m space at back for boot access. You can reserve space for parents and children if there is a retail outlet that attract families in the vicinity. However, this is not mandatory.
Flow of Traffic
It is suggested to use a one-way flow around the car park. You should be careful to keep the traffic on the left-hand side moving if you have two-way traffic to avoid confusion. The car park markings should indicate the directional signs and surface arrows to send the drivers along a single circular route.