Parking on / next to dropped kerbs - (Contravention Code 27)
There are two types of dropped kerbs, those outside driveways allowing easy access to the residents of individual houses and those used for pedestrian crossovers.
The law basically says that you should not obstruct dropped kerbs unless you are obstructing a dropped kerb outside a house with the permission of the owner. Of course, obstructing any dropped kerb will cause inconvenience either to the owner of the property who cannot obtain access or egress from their property, or in respect of pedestrian dropped kerbs you can even cause danger to pedestrians, particularly the elderly, disabled and mothers with prams. The legislation which allows local authorities to issue Penalty Charge Notices to vehicles parked across kerbs is the Traffic Management Act 2004 and the London Local Authorities and Transport Act 2003. Parking across certain dropped kerbs is also contrary to Highway Code rule 243 which states:
Do not stop or park:
- Where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles;
- In front of an entrance to a property.
This offence applies to all motorists, including
- Blue Badge holders
- Permit holders
Recent legislation allows councils to enforce against vehicles which may cause an obstruction. The Council will issue a Penalty Charge Notice where a vehicle has parked obstructing a dropped kerb.
To report an obstruction telephone our Parking Department on the above number but please note that enforcement will not be carried out between the hours of 20:00 and 08:00.
Last updated: 26th October 2011
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