Drivers may be fined £70 for stopping on the ‘world’s shortest double yellow lines’

Motorists may be hit with heavy penalties for making the mistake after the “barmy” double yellow lines were spotted in Gloucestershire. The lines are no more than 1m long and could be completely missed by locals or visitors stopping their cars. 


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The yellow lines on the road are so faint they are barely visible and need fully repairing by local teams. 

However, the company who worked on the roads failed to realign the new lines correctly to the old ones which has caused some confusion. 

The lines were put into place alongside a fresh piece of tarmac which reveals the work was carried out fairly recently. 

Local councillor Martin Horwood has claimed the lines should be placed into the “Guinness Book of records” before claiming it was a “nightmare” to fix the roads.

Mr Horwood said: “It does look a bit barmy. Maybe we can get Leckhampton into the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s shortest yellow lines!

“I guess it shows willing that the lines were repainted but they could have restored nearby lines at the same time.

“It is a nightmare trying to join up utility company and council repairs and markings but this really suggests the county still have work to do.”

Deeper analysis of the image seems to show the faded out lines were also double yellow at one stage. 

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This could see visitors also caught out as they may not realise they have stopped in an area which could lead them to be fined. 

The confusion surrounding the lines on the road has forced Gloucester County Council highway manager to confirm they will be repainted.  

David Pritchett, highways manager blamed the damage on Severn Trent Water when they were undertaking repairs in the area. 

He said: “We would expect Severn Trent Water to put back any lines that they take out when they undertake repairs.


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“Clearly these lines are in need of attention and will be repainted as soon as possible. 

“Anyone wishing to report faults like this can do so by emailing [email protected]uk.”

However, a Severn Trent Water spokesperson said it may not have been the firm responsible for painting the lines. 

A spokesperson for the firm said they had not carried out any work on that particular stretch of road since March. 

The Highway Code says road users must not wait or park on yellow lines during times of operation. 

The Code says double yellow lines indicate a prohibition at any time even if there are no upright signs. 

This is confirmed by the RAC who says that parking or waiting on a double yellow fine is not permitted at any time and motorists could risk being hit with fines. 

Penalties are usually £70 for those who break the rules although costs can vary based on the local area’s own rules. 

Experts say any charges can often be reduced by 50 percent if offenders pay the offence within 14 days.

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