Can you park across dropped kerbs?

Are you puzzled about whether you can opark across drop kerbs?

Alistair Watts PC 392ZD of the Norbury Neighbourhood Policing Team has provided a letter (28 March) to residents in Norbury Crescent about this.  The advice applies elsewhere.


‘We have been contacted by a number of residents in your area about vehicles parking, either wholly or partially, across dropped kerbs in Norbury Crescent which is causing unnecessary & potentially dangerous obstructions to both pedestrians & other road users.

Parking adjacent to a dropped kerb becomes a contravention where a vehicle is parked on the carriageway alongside a place where the footpath, cycle lane or verge has been lowered to the level of the carriageway in order to enable easier passage for:

  • Pedestrians crossing the carriageway
  • Cyclists leaving or entering the carriageway
  • Vehicles that enter or exit a property across a footpath

The Highway Code advises drivers that ‘Except when forced to do so by stationary traffic, DO NOT stop or park:

  • where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles, or where it would obstruct cyclists
  • in front of an entrance to a property – whether in use at the time or not.

A vehicle that is found to be parked either fully or partially alongside a dropped kerb may result in the issue of a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) by enforcement officers, when an offence has been seen throughout their daily patrol route. The associated fines depend upon the local authority.

During 2008 the Department for Transport deemed it unnecessary for the use of road markings or road signs to illustrate a prohibition for parking across a dropped kerb and enforcement authorities can issue PCN’s without the necessity for signs specifying particular parking contraventions.

If you do have any questions concerning the above, please contact Croydon Council or a member of the Norbury Neighbourhood Policing Team’



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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