Vehicular obstruction of dropped kerbs

Since August 2009 Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) have been enforcing vehicular obstruction of dropped kerbs.

The dropped kerbs are those which allow vehicles to enter property adjacent to the public highway and those dropped kerbs at pedestrian crossing points on the highway.

A vehicle causes an obstruction if any wheel is adjacent to the transition kerb (the sloping kerb which joins the full height kerb to the dropped kerb level with the road surface) or the dropped kerb, for which they can be issued a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

Anyone wishing to report a dropped kerb obstruction can contact 01279 502039 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and you will be able to speak to someone in the Parking Office. For out of hours between 5pm and 8pm Monday to Friday, and between 9am and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays you can contact 01279 655261. You'll be asked some questions to check the criteria for issuing a PCN are met, before a CEO is sent to help (provided one is available).

Please note that CEOs don't have the power to remove vehicles.

The penalty charge for the offence is £70 reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days.

It is now possible for residents and businesses to apply for a white “H-bar” access marking to be painted at the entrance to their property. This does not alter the enforceability of your dropped kerb, but does help drivers to avoid parking inappropriately in the first place. Each site has to be visited by an engineer to ensure that the marking is appropriate and determine its correct positioning, in addition to administrative costs and the painting itself. This means we have to charge £110 to cover these expenses before the marking can be installed. 

If you would like to apply for an access marking to be placed outside your property, please complete an online form. Alternatively, you can download an application form and return it by post to the address on the form or via email to

The lining works are weather permitting therefore if we accepted your application between November and March please expect significant delays.

Contact details

01279 502039