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Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs)

TROs are legal documents made by the Highway Authority Suffolk County Council and are designed to control or restrict the movement or waiting of traffic.

Ipswich Borough Council has published the TROs in on-street and off-street locations:

Enforcement of the parking restrictions for on-street and off-street locations in Ipswich is undertaken as Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) by Ipswich Borough Council's Parking team. For on-street locations they act as Agents to the Highway Authority Suffolk County Council.

If there are any problems with restrictions or regulations in your area please let us know. See How to report a parking problem.

Parking and waiting restrictions

Parking and waiting restrictions extend from the centre of the highway to the nearest property line, therefore vehicles parked on a footway or grass verge behind yellow lines can be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice.

Single yellow lines

A single yellow line on the road shows a restriction that applies for part of the day and/or on certain days of the week.

The timing of the restriction will be shown on a sign close to the roadside.

Double yellow lines

Double yellow lines on the road mean that you cannot park or wait in the vehicle in this area at any time.

Parking bays

White dotted lines on the road denote an area in which parking is permitted in accordance with the restrictions shown on the nearby signs.

Before leaving your vehicle check the signs to ensure you are parking correctly.

Loading restrictions and bays

Yellow marks on the kerb or at the edge of the carriageway mean loading and unloading is prohibited.

  • Two yellow bars mean loading is not permitted at any time.
  • A single yellow bar means loading is not permitted at the times shown on the nearby signs.
  • Loading bays are marked on the road and shown on signs.

Bank Holiday parking

Parking restrictions that are operational from 08:00 to 18:00 Monday to Saturday are also operational on Bank Holidays unless the signs state otherwise.

Any vehicle parked on a restriction on a Bank Holiday may be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice.

Pavements and verges

Parking restrictions such as yellow lines also apply to verges and pavements. Restrictions extend from the centre of the highway to the nearest property line, therefore vehicles parked on a footway or grass verge behind yellow lines can be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice.

Further information on parking on pavements and verges can be found on the Suffolk County Council website.

Dropped kerbs, dropped footways and double parking

In these cases, there is no requirement for any lines or signs to be marked on the carriageway to denote that parking is disallowed.

Since March 2010, Civil Enforcement Officers have been able to automatically issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) to any vehicle parked alongside a dropped footway crossing. These crossings will have tactile paving consisting of raised 'blisters' to provide a warning to visually impaired people of where the footway ends and the carriageway begins.

PCNs will also be issued to vehicles that are double parked on the carriageway and vehicles that are parked further than 50cm away from the edge of the carriageway.

Officers will not enforce dropped kerbs outside residential or business premises unless specifically requested to do so by the owner or occupier of the premises.

Requests for such enforcement should be made to our Parking Services team.

How to apply for a dropped kerb to be fitted outside your property.

Further information

Maps showing Parking Restrictions and Regulations are available on the GIS Mapping System. Simply zoom into the required area and select "Parking Restrictions" from the list in the left margin.

More information and guidance relating to Parking Restrictions is available on the GOV.UK website.