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Loading and unloading

When and where you can park to load and unload a vehicle on a public road in Islington

Loading and unloading

In Islington loading and unloading of goods is permitted for up to 40 minutes. 

Loading and unloading activity is permitted:

  • on double and single yellow lines (where there are no loading restrictions in place)

  • in resident, shared use and short stay bays

Loading must be continuous

If an enforcement officer sees a commercial vehicle unattended and no sign of loading they will give vehicles up to 3.5 tons five minutes, and 10 minutes for vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tons. If after this time no loading has taken place a parking ticket will be issued.

No observation period is required for personal  vehicles.

The 40 minute loading rule does not allow vehicles to park before or after loading. If you need to park for these purposes, you must pay to park in a pay and display bay or purchase a permission to park notice from our website.


You cannot load, unload or park in bus lanes or on yellow lines where loading restrictions are in place.

Loading restrictions can be on both single and double yellow lines. You can tell by yellow markings on the kerb and/or an accompanying black and white time plate or sign. Always check the times shown on the signs

 Visit for more information about road markings and what the mean

If no specific days are indicated on the signs, the restrictions are in force every day including Sundays and bank holidays. 

For information about loading / unloading on council estates

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