Double parking and dropped kerb

A photo of some double parking preventing vehicles passing

What is double parking?

When a vehicle parks more than 50cm away from the kerb it is double parked.

It usually looks like the vehicle is parked in the middle of the road making it dangerous for all road users.

We enforce double parking as it can mean that emergency services cannot reach their destination. Also, as the photograph above shows, it can limit the service that the council provide when collecting rubbish and recycling.

What is a dropped kerb?

You will usually see a dropped kerb at the bottom of a driveway leading from a pavement to a road. It is also the section of pavement that leads pedestrians to a safe crossing place for instance at a junction.

It is dangerous to park here as it will obstruct a pedestrians safe route across a road. It will be difficult for those in wheelchairs or people pushing prams to cross the road.

At a dropped kerb there is usually 'tactile paving'. This is where there is change in the pavement surface to alert visually impaired pedestrians that they are at a road crossing.

What Act allows the council to enforce this?

''Double parking and dropped footway parking enforcement (including vehicle crossovers)'' is part of the 2004 Traffic Management Act.

The Act allows local authorities to enforce parking restrictions.

Where can I find more information?

Please download the operational guidance with regards to the enforcement of double parking and dropped kerbs for further information.

You can also download a full list of exceptions of the Traffic Management Act 2004 to section 85 - Prohibition of double parking and section 86 Prohibition of parking at dropped footways [MS Word 37kb]

I have received a Penalty Charge Notice for either parking over a dropped kerb or double parking what do I do?

You should decide whether to: