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’