Britain’s shortest double yellow lines… that are just THIRTEEN inches long

April 4, 2013 | by | 3 Comments

Britain’s shortest double yellow lines have appeared on a city’s streets – measuring just THIRTEEN inches long.

Cambridge County Council has painted TWO SETS of the tiny lines, beating the previous record of 17 inches.

The lines are shorter than the width of an average car wheel yet motorists are still being warned they face a £70 fine if they park on them.

City Councillor Damien Tunnacliffe with the double yellow lines measuring just 13 inches which have been painted in Cambridge

City Councillor Damien Tunnacliffe with the double yellow lines measuring just 13 inches which have been painted in Cambridge

They have been put at the end of disabled parking bays to make sure drivers don’t encroach on them.

But local residents said they were a ridiculous waste of time.

One set has been painted on Humberstone Road right outside the home of Liz Hazell, 51, who said: “It’s the craziest set of double yellow lines I have ever seen.

“It just defies logic as to why they bothered painting them on the road.”

Her son Nik, 21, added: “It’s ridiculous. I have no idea why they have done that. You can’t even fit a remote control car on it.”

Councillor Rob Dryden, a former mayor of Cambridge, said: “Perhaps a child with a toy car could park there. It’s absolutely ridiculous.”

Four tiny toy cars are all that can fit inside the ridiculously small set of double yellow lines

Four tiny toy cars are all that can fit inside the ridiculously small set of double yellow lines

Drivers are liable for a £75 fine in they park their car on the yellow lines

Drivers are liable for a £75 fine in they park their car on the yellow lines

Cambridgeshire County Council said: “This is common practice.

“The yellow lines are at either end of a disabled parking bay and are there to prevent vehicles parked either side from encroaching on the disabled bay.”

The previous short line record was held by Norwich who put a set just 17in long in the city’s Stafford Street in 2011.

Council bosses also laid down 18in lines on parking bays in Highbury Crescent, North London, in 2007.

And last year Canterbury in Kent painted double yellow lines measuring just 21 inches.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The council went to all that trouble to paint double yellow lines but could not be bothered to fix the road?

    Cambridgeshire County Council employees who dream’t this idea need to visit Spec Savers, FIX THE ROAD!!!!!

    What an absolute waste of money and pointless exercise.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Roads engineer here.

    Double yellows are to stop encroachment into the disabled space by, for example, the Mercedes in the photos. If you look on Google Streetview, you will see the Mercedes encroaching. DYLs will allow this to be prosecuted, to maintain the disabled parking bay for the disabled user.

    Easy really.

    Although easier to shout “It’s ridiculous, they’re all out to get us” without researching anything, isn’t it?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I do not think the original reply implies do not paint double yellow lines, Mr Road Engineer.

    Read the posting again please.

    Anybody with an ounce of common sense would have fixed the road 1st then painted the double yellow lines.

    If you can afford to paint lines, why cannot you afford to fix the road?

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